Friday, 14 January 2011

Swine Flu 2011

Last year I wrote a post "Swine Flu: To vaccinate or not to vaccinate" In which I voiced my concerns over the vaccine and tried to decide whether Baby Belle should have it or not.

In the end we decided against it, for the reasons I gave in the post, and people had mixed reactions, some agreed and some had it anyway just in case.

This morning I read about the gorgeous little Lana (Rest in Peace), a healthy 3 year old who passed away after having Swine Flu Symptoms for just 48 hours. This has left me scared and questioning everything again.

What are your thoughts?


  1. I'm in the same position as you. I decided against it last year when it was offered, because I felt as though not enough research had been done.

    I'm a pharmacology graduate, so know how long normal clinical trials take. I didn't grasp how they could get it onto the shelves so quick.

    But now that I read things like that, I worry. Have I done the right thing? I'm not sure.

  2. Hannah we are in exactly the same boat!

    I have no idea if I made the right decision last year now either. However I do not think they are offering it to all children now anyway, only those who have underlying medical conditions.

  3. Just like you I was offered the vaccine last winter for my little ones and after mmuch thought, I too decided not to go ahead. But it is so worrying! Plus all children aren't being routinely offered the vaccine this year - or at least I don't think they are? I just don't know what to think now :-/

  4. My son had one last year and I was very grateful that he did when the bug hit with such a vengeance at the end of the year. I will be taking him for the next one in Feb. I hate letting him have jabs and only do the essentials, but having seen what happened to little Lana there is no doubt in my mind that I am doing the right thing.

    Hope you find some peace with whatever way you decide to go!

  5. I read this article on the poor little girl as well. Glad you mentioned it. I am scared to have my 17 month old girl vaccinated because of possible side effects of the vaccine but in honesty, I am angry at that the vaccine is not available to those who wish to have it.

    I wish there was a body or organisation I could trust for advice. I guess I believe that this flu did't come from animals in the first place.

  6. I'm in the same boat. My little one was offered it last year.

    She didn't have it. I doubt I will get her to have it this year if she is offered it. It is worrying, but the potential side effects worry me more.

    Part of me thinks if they are seriously worried about it again they would offer it to everybody and not limit it to just some. Just dont know what to think to be honest.

  7. I agree ummH - the prevalence of it is no more than it was last year, and no more than usual flu cases.

    I'm trying not to worry about it. There's not much that can be done about it seeing as it's not being routinely offered, and the side effects worry me as much as the illness.

    It's a difficult choice to make. Nobody wants to play God.

  8. I refused the jab for my son last year too. It was just too hurried and after researching it online and talking to my friend who is a midwife, I was happy with my decision. This year we no longer have the option of immunisation and with the terrible cases on the news, the worry and guilt resurface. It's a minefield with no clear advice.

  9. My heart goes out to Lana's family! My 2 were both offered the swine flu jag and they both had it. It was at the height of the flu being very bad. I'm glad they had the jags, they didn't have any side effects.

  10. I think it's a personal decision for every family, but it's important to keep things in perspective.

    Just over 100 people have died of flu since October. Of those, two thirds have had pre-existing health problems. And 6 of the 100 or so were children.

    In a population of 70m that's not a significant risk, and for me, I think it's important to ensure that there are vaccines there for people who genuinely need them - people with asthma, people with cancer who would almost certainly be killed by a serious infection...

    The risk to a healthy child really is so tiny, particularly when compared to pneumonia, meningitis, cancer or a thousand other things.

    Although my heart goes out to Lana's family and of course I thought what would I do if that was Flea, it's important to keep things in perspective and not buy into media hysteria. Easier said that done, though, isn't it?

  11. I have to admit to feeling very lucky I don't have the decision to make! I cannot comprehend how hard it must be to try and find the right answers!

  12. Really interesting to see people's views. My son was 8 months old last year, and I fought for it. He was 3 months premature, and one his girly friends was prem and got swine flu and was back in hospital on tubes and back on oxygen.

    So he had it, and so did I and my husband. This year we haven't been offered it as my son is not considered at risk, am considering on shelling out and having it done privately.

  13. I am relieved to find other mums as worried and confused at having the vaccination as I am. The fear that I feel at either of my children getting swine flu or having the vaccination is ridiculous. Normally I am a rational person but am finding this decision very hard. It is good to hear both sides of the discussion examined and I thin kthat this year I will be taking up the vaccine if it was offered. My daughter is in full time school and so likely to bring it home and my son is soon to start preschool and has asthma. I think that I feel less concerned on the whole about the vaccine as although it is still in its early stages, overall there dosen't seem to be much of a reaction to the jab other than the same as for other vaccines (slight fever). has anyone else heard anything different? I wonder with the spending cuts whether this is the reason they are not offering it everyone? I was never this paranoid before I was a mum!! Amazingly scarey some of the decisions you have to make.