Flu shot - yay or nay?
So, our big girl was down with a bad, bad something this week. Four days straight of fever; temperatures ranging from 102 to over 104. We went into the doctor on Day 5, knowing that the benchmark was: fever for > 4 days is often bacterial and fever < 4 days is viral. Since the fever broke on Day 5, we were in good shape. I guess. The four days of fever were still pretty rough on the entire family.
When we went in to the doctor, I asked "Should we get the flu shot?" Her thought was: "If the children are over 2 years old and are generally healthy, then I am not a big supporter of the shot." The flu shot is designed to help out folks for whom the flu would cause other health complications, like I trust our pediatrician, pretty much. I weigh her opinion pretty heavily.
My mother is a pediatrician. She is a big proponent of the flu shot and flu mist. Her rationale: why not prevent a potentially bad and terribly uncomfortable situation? She's got a point. Do I want to endure another almost week long of fevers and such sad, droopy, spontaneously-tearing eyes?
I don't know. I'm torn. I'm not big on meds. Then again, I don't really question most of the major vaccinations. The flu shot is a different matter. For my girls, the flu probably won't be a life-threatening condition. It will, however, be pretty darn inconvenient. Then, ever vaccine has it's side effects. Among the flu shots side effects: local soreness, low-grade fever, insomnia, irritability, some rashes.
Our big girl just suffered a bad virus that was almost flu-grade. Who knows? Maybe it was the flu. Even though I was already at the doctor's office, I opted not to get the flu shot for myself or the girls. I just may regret it come later in the season ...