I've been thinking...is it really necessary to continue getting yearly flu shots? I could see them being necessary for a baby born early or perhaps other challenges that may make a child medically fragile, but once the child is stronger, I'm not so sure. My son had his flu shot a couple weeks ago. He’s never had a negative reaction until now. Within 48 hours after getting the flu vaccine, my son had a nose bleed and cold symptoms began. Symptoms were mild at first but quickly escalated into early stages of pneumonia. No matter what I did the fever would not break and everything took a downward spiral. We had to go back to the doctor to get an antibiotic and steroid. Of course, when I questioned the doctor about a possible bad reaction to the vaccine, I was given a generic explanation as to why the flu vaccine could not possibly cause such a reaction. Okay, I’m not ruling out the possibility of my son having an undetected bug, but it seems awfully strange that a healthy child showing no symptoms would get so sick, so fast, hmmmm. As I recall, a couple years ago my son had a slight cough and minor congestion when he received a flu shot during his annual well check. Nothing happened, he was perfectly fine. So what happened this time?
I'm no expert on the subject, but parents having premature babies or medically fragile babies tend to be more aggressive when treating colds and flu. We also tend to be particular about germs and even aware of the time of year our children are most susceptible. I pulled out all the stops. Got rid of all nasal congestion and prevented an ear infection, but could not break the fever. This is not typical for my son. His fevers usually break in two days. Whatever the case, I just don't know if it's worth getting the shot anymore.
Have any of you experienced problems taking flu or pneumonia vaccines? If so, I would love to hear from you and would like to post your stories. This is very serious. How safe are these vaccines? I’ve heard many others speak of having similar reactions, but never took it seriously because it was not an issue for my son, at least not at that time. I’m not sure what to think about these vaccines now.
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