with the government rolling out swine flu jabs for children aged between 6months - 5 years. would you get your child immunised. my 5 1/2 year old daughter had an appointment for a jab tomorrow but we cancelled last minute because we we unsure of long term side effects. has there been enough research done? could we start a poll and could others share their opinions. thanks in advance
You have to weigh up chances of long term side effects, against the chances of long term side effects of flu and the chance of catching it.
It is a difficult assement to make - consider this article
- linking a so say similar vaccine in 1976 to 25 deaths from Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
Of course if you actually look at the science behind the situation (as per this article
) we find that.
Flu vaccines may cause GBS in 10 in a million cases
But Flu itself will cause GBS in 40 -70 per million cases
So in other words looking just at GBS, if you reckon the chances of you getting swine flu (however mild) are more than 25% you should certainly have the vaccine.
Somehow you then have to find the same information across all the other possible side effects - no one said being a parent was easy.
Myself and my 13 year old son have been vaccinated. (pre existing conditions) - if I had a child under 5, I would (on balance) get them immunised as well.
However logically I would say that - as the sensible thing to do with immunisations is persuade everyone else to have it, so you don't have to