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Are you getting the flu mist for your child this year?

We have a checkup scheduled tomorrow and he wants to give DD (5) the flu mist instead of the flu shot. She has never had the flu shot, never had the flu. But I am worried about her getting the flu mist, and getting the flu from it.

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Asked by minivanmommy at 8:52 PM on Oct. 6, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • My kids both had it on Tuesday. They said it smelled bad but no side effects.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 8:54 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • Nope! for some odd reason, I am afraid of them.
    My doctor pushes them for the toddlers and elderly.


    Answer by websavvy1 at 8:55 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • My oldest son gets it every year. I didn't used to get him the shot, but then, when he was 4 he got the flu. He was very ill for a week and a half. I was off of work for 8 days.
    I know the flu shot is not a definite, but I felt so guilty that I thought "Oh, he doesn't need it" and then he go SOOOO sick and I had done NOTHING to try to prevent it.

    Answer by layh41407 at 9:04 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • In my family, we agree no flu shots for any of us.

    Answer by duckigrrl at 9:08 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • we all get the shots I don't want to do the mist I am actaully afraid to since we always did the shot. I heard of people getting real sick after the mist

    Answer by mommy5409 at 9:11 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • Nope, we don't do the shot either though..

    Answer by LovableNeurotic at 9:17 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • No flu vaccines for this family!

    Answer by Robsmommy at 9:26 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • no, last year my son got the mist for the first time(he had always had the shot before) he was very sick for about 4 days, My husband gets the mist every year at work and he never feels well for a few days afterward. We have never had any problems with the shot though.

    Answer by foxracing43701 at 9:34 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • No way in h***. It is NOT up to your doctor - if you don't want her having the mist, you do NOT have to let them give it to her! If you were planning to get the shot, insist on that - but don't let them push you into the mist instead. If you were still undecided whether to give it to her at all - don't let them talk you into it until YOU make YOUR decision! They cannot give your child anything you do not approve of first!

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:47 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • We have never gotten a flu shot or mist. On one hand I say, Well, they have never had the flu, but they have never had polio or measles or whatever, but we still get those vaccines. Hmm....

    Comment by minivanmommy (original poster) at 10:07 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

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