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    Is giving flushots really needed for 1 year old boy?
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    An_240277 posted:
    My doctor recommends seasonal flu-shots every year. i hear from several people not to give flushots, so body will learn to fight and will help improve the immunization system.


    What do expert say about this? Thanks,
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    phoenix31674 responded:
    Every expert I have talked to says children over 6 months should be getting their flu shots. While illness can bolster an immune system, flu can be deadly for the young and old - not to mention swine flu really hit people in their prime hard.

    There is no expert on this community, so you may want to ask this on one of the two that does.

    I will be getting my boy his flu shot this year (he's almost 1 right now). I would be beside myself if he came down with the flu and was hospitalized or heaven forbid died.
     
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    fiannakyn replied to phoenix31674's response:
    I agree with phoenix. I'm making sure my foster son (16m) gets the flu shot cause of 2 reasons- DH tends to pick up respratory illnesses easy (and progress to phenomina quickly) so we get the vaccine to protect him, and the other reason is we're expecting a newborn in December- in the middle of flu season, and too young for his own shot. DFS is in daycare so can bring things home easily.
     
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    sarah0323 responded:
    We get the flu shot at our house for everyone. Last year my youngest (8 weeks old at the time) was hospitalized for 7 days because of the flu. She was released from the hospital for less than 48 hours and was readmitted because it had truned to phenomina and spent another 7 days in the hospital. It was horrible watching my LO fight for her life. Everyone in our house had already gotten the flu shot. We don't know where she got the flu from. It is so easy to catch from any where. That is one experience that I hope to never repeat.

    Please get the flu shot!!
     
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    Amelia_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi An,

    I agree with the other mothers that having your 1-year-old son get a flu shot is important. According to this WebMD Flu Shots for Children Under 2 Overview , "Although the flu is rarely serious in healthy adults, it can be much more dangerous in children. Kids are also two to three times more likely to get the flu. Flu shots for children are a simple and safe way to keep your family healthy." The flu can weaken a child's immune system making it easier to contract bacterial infections.

    In recent WebMD news , more than 1 in 10 parents were found not to follow a vaccination schedule. Researchers believe that this increases the risk of disease outbreaks for our children and communities. If your family is not on a vaccination schedule and would like to be, feel free to use our WebMD Vaccine Tracker to keep you on track.

    Best wishes!
    Amelia


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