Yup...going to start some drama but oh well. I decided not to do flu shots this year. I have in the past, but decided to take the risk this year cuz i have heard horrible things about the shot. I also heard that the strain going around isnt even covered by the vaccine.
So far none of my kids even show signs of a cold let alone flu, but i just heard there have been 18 deaths in my state alone. I'm really starting to get concerned and debating if i should rush them all to the dr. for their shots. I really dont want to give it to them but these numbers are alarming!
My kids are good hand washers and take vitamins. I know that doesnt fully protect them but hoping it helps.
There is a lot of unwarrented fear mongering associated with immunizations in general these days. If everyone had gotten the flu shot, there would not be such a terrible outbreak this year. It would instead be all over the news how this is the mildest flu season ever.
I also want to provide some links to some informative sites for the MANY misinformed people out there. People die from the flu unnecesarilly every year, so in this case misinformation KILLS, and spreading myths can kill.
To summarize for those that do not want to click on any of the links, Below are the truths, not the myths.
1. It is IMPOSSIBLE to get the flu from the vaccine, becasue the virus in the shot is inactive and dead. The people who say that they got the flu from the shot either got exposed to it before the shot was fully effective, (it takes up to two weeks), and may even have already been incubating the virus when they got the shot, or they mistake the mild muscle aches and slight fever that a few can sometimes get as side effects for the flu.
2. The flu shot will not harm you and does not contain murcury.