A Year Later

Last year when we went for Flu shots, Hope traumatized us all. She screamed an hour before, and 30 minutes after. Today, The Dad and Hope went for Flu shots this afternoon. Hope started flipping out. The Dad chose to let the Flu shot go. Hope will be unprotected from influenza this year.  I don’t think I would have made the same choice, but it was keeping with our decision to do things differently.

GB is still seeing the chiropractor and she is steadily having more dry nights. I have no idea why it works, but the results speak for themselves.

5 thoughts on “A Year Later

  1. Humm, I don’t want to burst bubbles, but here, flu shots are strongly encouraged to people over 65 or people with chronic conditions like diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease, systemic disease, kidney failure, AIDS….
    They encourage these people to get the vaccine because of the serious complications flu can provide to these people.

    I don’t say that serious complications don’t arise in the general population. But the risk is much less.

    It makes sense to get the flu shot when you have a heart failure because the threat is very real. But the risk is specific on you, because of your heart failure and not because it’s so in to get the flu shot.
    Hope does not suffer from heart failure, nor does she suffer from diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease, systemic disease, kidney failure, AIDS…. as far as I know.

    So I don’t see why we should absolutely oblige her to get a flu shot whereas she is not in the high risk of complications group.
    Should she had been in this group because she would have diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease, systemic disease, kidney failure, AIDS…, or should it be for a serious even life threatening disease like diphteria, poliomyelitis, tetanus, MMR, I would sing a completely different song.

    I hope it does not offend anyone and it makes sense.

  2. Giulia, the U.S. CDC has current (2012) recommendations for flu vaccinations for children different than the ones you discuss here. But, in any case, there are many people, who for one reason or another, cannot be vaccinated. That’s where the notion of “herd immunity” comes in: people who can be vaccinated should be (regardless of their own risk), and that reduces the chances of transmission to people who cannot be vaccinated.

    My 13-year-old daughter kicked a nurse last year when it was time for her to get her vaccine; the nurse appropriately gave her a stern lecture about the danger of being out of control around needles and told me that we could leave and try again, or she could get other nurses to help restrain my daughter. I didn’t get her vaccinated last year.

    This year, my daughter accepted the vaccine in the form of a nasal spray. What a difference that year made.

    Here’s the updated U.S. CDC information about the flu shot for children, if you’re interested, Giulia:

    http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/children.htm

    • Thank you for the CDC recomendations.

      Obviously, we don’t have the same recommendations in France.

      While I agree with the lesser risk of flu transmission, I disagree with the vaccinating everyone against the flu (contrary to the diphteria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, MMR).
      I don’t know if you’ve heard about the Gardasil shot. Well, the Gardasil shot does not dispense of a gyn follow-up and does not protect against all variant of papillomavirus. Plus, Gardasil has its own side effects. I had a pericarditis right after the first shot, and I would had “wait and see”, I would had suffered from heart failure now. Thanks God, I reacted right away and I am fine now, except that a month and a half in bed is no fun.
      Needless to say, my GP did not administer the other shots of Gardasil. The follow-up to a gyn is safer and as efficient as the Gardasil.

      What I mean is a vaccine has its pro and its cons.
      I have no doubt about vaccinating for a very serious, even life threatening disease knowing that there are no satisfactory alternative (I mean safer and more efficient alternatives than the vaccine).
      I am much more cautious about the flu shot because even a flu shot can have side effects, some can be very serious, and may not be efficient for everyone. Plus, even if you are vaccinated against the flu, you are vaccinated against a specific viral strain of flu (because there is not one flu, there are different flu). If you catch another viral strain than the one you are vaccinated against, you get sick even with the shot you received. And you cannot prevent from the strain you caught to be transmitted to someone else even if you are vaccinated against the seasonal flu this year.
      For me, unless you have a condition who makes catching the flu have you serious, even fatal complications (like diabetes, heart failure, asthma…), I don’t think that the shot is safer and more efficient than alternatives. This is my opinion, based upon my specific health, and it may not work for someone else.

      That’s why I consider that everyone has to weight the pros and cons about getting the flu shot, for his/her specific situation.
      I don’t consider that we have to get the flu shot “because it’s trendy and cool”, but because with our specific health risks, we need to do it.
      Your daughter’s situation is not identical to mine. (and the nurse needs to take a class about how to deal with patients, especially children. Or she needs to change job, because obviously, she has nothing to do with being a nurse).

      Exactly like you don’t take the medicine your friend takes because “it’s trendy”. What works for my friend may not work for me, it can even be fatal for me (allergies, medicines interactions…).
      If my friend advises me to take Actifed for my cold, I flatly refuse because cold medicines don’t mix up with Ritalin (I don’t want to end in cardiac ICU because of a bad mix up of medicines).

      Make the flu shot if, for your specific health situation (or your child’s), there are more pros than cons.
      But don’t get a shot only because “it’s trendy”.
      You are the expert of yourself and you are the specialist of your child. And what works for you may not work for someone else. I won’t change these mantras.

  3. I have been following your blog for a while. I am just happy for GB, she must be feeling so relieved to be gaining control over her nights. I am so inspired by your diligence and sacrificial love for your kids. Thank you for documenting your journey so honestly.

  4. So awesome for GB. My daughter, who is currently 8, was premature. She had horrible reflux and colic after finally getting home from the NICU. We were at our wit’s end when someone recommended chiropractic care. She went to a chiro 3 times and was healed of both the reflux and the colic. I am a firm believer that it can help with some of the strangest things.

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