As for comments for and against the flu vaccine- I do not claim to know everything on this, but I have been doing an enormous amout of research on it lately and this is what I know....
Kids vaccinated for FLU will often only get sniffles and such instead of the full blown influenza. It lessens the severity and changes the symptoms. And of course not every case of the sniffles and/or coughing is the flu, every kid out there gets a couple of viruses each year. My experience with the real FLU(we are not talking about the puking bug either, that is NOT flu like a lot of people think) is like the worst cold in the world, and you can be totally out of commission for a couple weeks. It is BAD.
Also I've just read that out of the last 20 years, the flu vaccine has been off only 4 times. Last year was one of those times.I think that is really great odds. We have done it every year so far. I started getting them way back when I worked at the Credit Union. I even got them when I was pregnant. To be honest, I wasn't going to do it this year for no other reason than that its just not fun. But I also read that this years vaccine is expected to be an even better match than ever before. And now they are offering the nasal one for the bigger kids. Don't know if that would be easier or more difficult yet, but I'm game.
In my experience, lots of kids are sent to school and daycare unbelievably ill. Its unavoidable and it sucks. I Seriously have felt the need to shower after attending class parties with a third of the class coughing all over the place. Last year one of Summer's classmates was sleeping at his desk at the Halloween party. Sleeping during a roaring party complete with music and games. This kid was So sick. Labored breathing, and I am certain he had a high fever. his mom was a bus driver and was on the high school route, so he was stuck there. I keep Summer home probably more than need be, but I am in a position right now where I can. I am sure that will change at some point.
I guess my standings on the Flu shot are not too much different than general vaccines. Especially for the youngest ones who would have the hardest time fighting the virus. Its there, its safe, it could in the long run make life much easier and less stressful. I do,however, feel like its completely optional. Since its administered each year, I expect it to keep my kids safe from those who are sick during that flu season and don't rely on others to keep my kids healthy.
I happen to think this discussion is great! I love seeing all the opinions and am so happy to know you all vaccinate(to some degree). But I want everyone to feel safe and not attacked for their passionate decisions. I have so much respect for anyone commenting with their feeling!
So who wants to talk about the HVP vaccine for girls before they reach sexual maturity? Now there's a good one:)