Flu vaccine: Is it safe and effective for children?

We recently posted information on our Facebook page about the safety and effectiveness of the flu vaccine, which sparked a lively conversation among our Facebook fans. As a parent myself, I think it’s great people are asking questions and searching for the information they need to keep their kids safe and healthy.

From the comments of this Facebook post, it’s clear many parents still have questions about the flu vaccine. In the video above, I directly answer some of the questions and concerns posted by our Facebook fans, including:

  • Is the mercury in the flu vaccine safe?
  • Is the flu vaccine safe for kids and pregnant women?
  • Can you get the flu from the flu vaccine?
  • Can I trust information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the flu vaccine?

Avoid the flu: Get vaccinated

The flu is a highly contagious viral infection. The best way you have to potentially protect yourself and your family is to get a flu vaccine. The vaccine is recommended for almost all individuals over 6 months of age.

I encourage you to visit the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics to learn more.

Lyn Ranta, MD- Lyn Ranta, MD, director of Physician Affairs, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Dr. Ranta is a co-leader of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s immunization initiative, and she treated children as a community pediatrician for more than 20 years.


Comments

Flu vaccine: Is it safe and effective for children? — 8 Comments

  1. Great job of responding to questions…you validated their concerns but did not admonish them. Thank you for taking on this important task.

  2. great post. Dr. Ranta is the best! So nice to see her face and hear her advice regarding the confusion regarding vaccinations. We miss her as our children’s pediatrician.

  3. I don’t buy this hype. The flu vaccine kills as many people as the flu and can lead to autoimmune disorders. It’s a trick and making humanity sicker and sicker.

  4. My 36 year old daughter Sandra Perez died last week in Cookeville TN Medical Center from H1N1 Flu, even though this is a very painful thing, please study the pros and cons of the flu vaccines. My current studies make me conclude, a healthy lifestyle is the best and only true defense, after all my study I refuse to inject myself with any vaccines

    http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hmn/w10/feature2.cfm

    http://nourishingwords.net/2011/05/30/letting-food-be-thy-medicine/

  5. Vaccines are a controversial subject at the moment, but please, get your children vaccinated. My grandmother walked me around the cemetary where her parents were buried and within 100 feet there were over 50 children’s graves. I asked her “What happened?” Diptheria is what happened and it wiped out almost a whole generation. We are protected today by the vaccines that we take as children. There are many diseases that are making a comeback due to people refusing to take or give their children vaccines. Yes, there are risks of infections, etc – but really, what is a fever against the life of your child because if they contract one of these diseases they are dead and you are responsible for not doing everything to protect them. Just like carseats can save lives – so can vaccines!

  6. Vaccination against stable viruses that do not mutate easily and that can otherwise become fatal, is an absolute neccessity.

    Having said that, vaccination against an unstable virus strain is like wearing a bullet-proof vest that can protect you only from a 0.33 caliber bullets. It can not protect against 0.32 or 0.34 or larger ones. As of now, Flu shots are proved (by test of time) against a relatively narrow band of strains. Risking the side effects of the other ingredients might not be necessary if you are otherwise a healthy individual with a normal active immune system.

    But, it all boils down finally to how close one wants to live with Nature and how sophisticated and comfortable one wants to live. If comfort and peace of mind is the top-priority, getting a sting is probably your way.

  7. You people are insane to think that the flu vaccine is safe and necessary. It makes people sick and is very damaging. The hospital is for sure going to promote it because they get a financial kickback for pushing it. If you love yourself and your family you will not get the flu shot or any other vaccine for that matter.

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