Should I let my kids get a flu shot?

My daughter hasn't gotten sick yet this year because she's a big girl,maybe that has something to do with it?My husband thinks it's good for her to get sick to build up her immunity, that a flu shot isn't needed??

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Asked by countingsparows at 10:06 AM on Jan. 5, 2009 in Health

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  • Common side effects include soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given, fever (low grade), and muscle aches. This is NOT the flu, just side effects of the shot (and we have had the immunizations for years and never gotten sick). There are slightly more side effects with the flumist, like nausea or vomiting, headache and runny nose. Also, according to the CDC, 5% to 20% of the U.S. population contracts the flu annually. More than 200,000 of those individuals are hospitalized for flu complications, and approximately 36,000 people die of flu-related problems. I'd so much rather immunize than have to face myself in the mirror if one of my kids got that sick. More info at http://www.cdc.gov/FLU/protect/keyfacts.htm and http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/flu-guide/flu-complications.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:21 PM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • I never get them , I don't believe in it . THe flu shot is made to protect against last years flu strains , though it might protect you some I think if you are healthy there is no good reason to get it .
    Meshell7

    Answer by Meshell7 at 10:08 AM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • I always get mine the flu shot. Especially when they are under 4. I havent gotten my dds yet but we have an appt tomorrow. I think they build up their immunity from other things like colds, virus', stomach bugs etc. I dont like risking their life or health when they are so young though so I always got them the flu shot. I get one also because to be frank, I hate being sick.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 10:09 AM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • I get pretty much most shots for my son and last year I got him the flu shot, well it made him get a mini flu and to top it off he got the flu 2 other times. So needless to say I don't think the flu shot is worth it. So I didn't get one this year and I won't get it for him in the future.
    teddybear515

    Answer by teddybear515 at 10:10 AM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • My little guy didn't, but that was cause he doesn't get sick to often, and I'd rather not wast the money on a flu shot. Besides getting sick sometimes is good. Get your immune system up. I may be wrong in that thinking, but he's a pretty healthy kid so far.
    CorCorsmomma

    Answer by CorCorsmomma at 10:10 AM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • I have never gotten myself or my three kids flu shots. I don't think any of us got it last year and so far so good this year. Wash your hands!!
    aeemom

    Answer by aeemom at 10:16 AM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • We all get our flu shots every yr. We are a high risk family. Lots of asthma and other issues. 2 yrs ago my grandson was hospitalized for 4 days with the flu. 2 of those days in ICU. The Dr's made it clear he did not have what they considered a normally bad case. They said if he hadn't hadf his flu shot he would have probably not survived. Every family has to make the chopices that are best for them.
    GrnEyedGrandma

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 10:32 AM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • I always ask myself. Do I like to be sick? Puking? Headaches? Fever? General misery? If the answer is no then my kids probably wont like it either. Then I get them the flu shot.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:33 AM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • I do not believe in getting the flu shot either. It seems like everyone who gets it, gets sick. The dr really pushed for me to get it this year since I am pregnant, but I still passed. I also passed on getting them for my other 2 children. We are all pretty healthy overall and I want them to build up some resistance on their own.
    NewMommyin06

    Answer by NewMommyin06 at 10:33 AM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • I have never had a flu shot and I will absolutely not let my kids have it either. I'm in my mid-40's and I've only ever had the flu twice my whole life. There are better, safer ways to build up your immune system.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:37 AM on Jan. 5, 2009

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