Hi Sands, we have decided to not give our little girl the flu jab when if it ever rolled out nationally at the moment it just seems to be swine lu hot spots, our resoning is this;
she has been breastfed and has a good immune system as a result, she rarely gets colds and if she does its for no more than a day.
Swine flu is just a flu, yes in cases where there are other health complications it is very dangerous, asthma etc but so is regular flu!
She isn't at a nursery so she is not exposed to lots of different children
the vaccine just isn't tested enough for me to feel happy about it, yes it is safe now but the thought it could cause health complications down the line is terrifing. at first I wasn't worried it is based on the regular flu jab so that is already thoroughly tested but, Germany is at least one country I know of that isn't giving pregnant women and babies the flu jab because of this reason (told to me by my german friend!)
The figures that we are given daily on the number of under 5s with swine flu in hospital includes these groups- children who were already in hospital for another issue and caught it there! and if a child is in for 2 nights they are counted twice 3 nighs 3 times etc so adding all of those up gives an unrealistic number. the number of healthy children with a good diet and general health is most likley a lot lower.
We have spoken to our family doctor he has 2 children and is not giving them the jab so big massive lines to read between there lol!!
the NHS no longer actually confirm swine flu with a laboratory test, only in extreame cases, so the majority of cases may not even be swine flu, some colds and viruses can be pretty bad, yet most dr's are happy to diagnose it as swine flu and so its another case to add to the statistic heap!!
Flu being a virus mutates, thats why we have to have flu jabs every year, so next year or when the flu is no longer responsive to tamilflu will all under 5's have to have another jab? is thats the case Freya could end up having 3 or 4 each with side effects mostly unknown.
the vaccine contains mercury! I don't really need to ellaborate lol mercury= bad!!
I can get the links to some medical research papers if you'd like some more info but it is very facts and figures based and a bit repetitive so not exactly light reading!! lol
it is a very personal choice and not something we have taken lightly but we give her vitamen supplements for babies and she has a good balanced diet with lots of supposed super foods in to keep germs at bay, other than this and good hygine there isn't anything else we could do. my friends little boy and her both have had suspected swine flu, she had tamilflu and he was too young for that ut had calpol to keep his temperature down and it was no worse than any bad flu.
hope this helps, it is just our opinion as a family and most of my friends feel the same about their children.
take care Vicky and Freya 10 months
Posted: 20/01/2010 at 22:20