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Do you let those who have not had a flu shot hold your 1 year old?

I never had a flu shot this year. My best friend had her first son a year ago now. I've never been allowed to hold the baby a year later cause I didn't have none this year. I wasn't this paranoid with my kids. anyone else?

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Asked by katherine.pryde at 10:52 AM on Apr. 20, 2011 in General Parenting

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  • That seems a bit much. I would totally sneeze on her son.

    Answer by SleepyCupcake at 10:53 AM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • Hmm, I don't really worry about who hasn't had their flu shot b/c my whole always get vaccinated.

    Answer by wendydays at 10:54 AM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • My children are 5, 7, and 8 and have never had a flu shot. They won't have a flu shot while I'm making their decisions either. I think your friend is overly paranoid.

    Answer by Renee3K at 10:54 AM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • i was this paranoid , i didnt really let anyone hold my babes till they were 3-ish , except me , daddy and grandparents cause both my kids had respitory issues

    Answer by letstalk747 at 10:55 AM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • Nope...if that would have been the case, DH or I never would have held DD as a baby.

    But I can't blame your friend. She's a parent who doesn't want her baby to get sick. Paranoid, maybe, but she's obviously trying to be the best parent she can be. Kudos to her for sticking to her guns!

    Answer by AllAboutKeeley at 10:55 AM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • That flu shot DOES NOT prevent you from getting or passing the flu on to others. Some new mommy's are just clueless when it comes to what a shot does or dosnt prevent. And yes, brand new Moms tend to be over paranoid with the first kid.

    Answer by vbruno at 10:55 AM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • my kids always gets vaccinated including me and dh, but I never cared on who held my kids. Well at a year no unless they were sick as babies I wouldn't allow people that were sick and then I didn't care about adults, but kids I had wash their hands before touching the baby.

    Answer by mommy5409 at 10:57 AM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • I have 4 kids (now grown) & 1 granddaughter. NONE of us has ever taken a flu shot. I was never worried about the kids catching the flu. They stand a better chance getting from school than anywhere else. The bottom line is, if you know someone is sick in any way, don't let them hold your baby. It's only common sense. But, to the extreme you speak of, that's just plain paranoia with control issues.

    Answer by specialwingz at 10:58 AM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • We don't get the flu shot, so...I didn't worry about it. In fact, I am not sure anyone had flu shots when my son was a baby.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 10:59 AM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • Did she get her son vaccinated? If she's worried about him getting it and is so "for" vaccinating against it, then why doesn't she just get him vaccinated so she doesn't have to ask EVERYone he comes into contact with if they've had one? ???

    Answer by Kword at 10:59 AM on Apr. 20, 2011

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