Flu shot poll

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  1. Mickeymoosea

    Mickeymoosea Earning My Ears

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    Hi y'all. We are heading to Orlando Disney for the middle of September. We don't usually get flu shots until DD's annual check up in November. Should we be getting it before the trip ? It seems too early but I have heard about circulating cases already. I have heard it's recommended to wait until the end of October so the protection lasts all season. Thoughts? Wwyd? My DD will be 4 in November. Thanks.
     
  2. Blsmith88

    Blsmith88 Earning My Ears

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    Thankful for this tip! I didn’t even think about it because I have a one-year-old and she was covered by my shot last season until she could get it at 6 mos in February. We are headed down in late September/early October and now I think I’m definitely going to request before we go.
     
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  4. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

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    I go to WDW almost every fall, and I do get a flu shot a few weeks ahead of my trip.
     
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  5. NYCgrrl

    NYCgrrl DIS Veteran

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    Ask your pediatrician.
     
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  6. HopperFan

    HopperFan "It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess."

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    I was gonna vote .... but no poll.

    So I'll just say ...

    It's a very personal decision between you and doctor.
     
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  7. mi*vida*loca

    mi*vida*loca Collect memories, not things

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    I would definitely discuss it with your pediatrician but i don’t think it’ll be an issue to get it ahead of time.
     
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  8. meghanb133

    meghanb133 Mouseketeer

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    I would. It can’t hurt. I got mine today and will be getting DD’s as soon as her pediatricians office gets it in.
     
  9. NYCgrrl

    NYCgrrl DIS Veteran

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    I suspect the previous shot will be good through September as well but checking to be sure is a good thing.
    Both my paternal bio grandmother and great grandmother died w/i a week of each other during the 1918 influenza pandemic. They had immune compromised systems at the time so that might have been the key to their untimely demises.
     
  10. Mickeymoosea

    Mickeymoosea Earning My Ears

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    Thanks. Do you know when the pediatrician get shipments? I don't think our pediatrician has it in yet. I'd rather not get shots for my little one anywhere else.
     
  11. sponica

    sponica DIS Veteran

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    It depends on the state you're in. In NH the state provides flu shots to the MD offices for children under 18, so the doctors office cannot offer them until the state makes them available.
     
  12. lanejudy

    lanejudy Moderator Moderator

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    I also agree to check with the pediatrician. DD's ped office rarely has supply by this time of year, and to be effective for mid-September I believe the shot would need to be administered within the next week or so. If the ped doesn't have it, but feels it would be necessary, s/he may be able to direct you to a location with supply on-hand.

    Enjoy your vacation!
     
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  13. MaryLovesPoohBear

    MaryLovesPoohBear DIS Veteran

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    I see my doctor before I go. If he has them, I will get one. If not, I will wait.

    I get one as soon as they come out.
     
  14. pjacobi

    pjacobi DIS Veteran

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    The flu shot will *not* protect you from the "stomach flu", aka norovirus, present at home, WDW and cruise ships during the winter months.

    -Paul
     
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  15. MaryLovesPoohBear

    MaryLovesPoohBear DIS Veteran

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    No, but it will help to protect you from the actual flu. Which can be quite debilitating to those with chronic illnesses and children.
     
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  16. JessicaW1234

    JessicaW1234 DIS Veteran

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    If it is available, I would get it.
     
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  17. nycdisneygal

    nycdisneygal DIS Veteran

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    I would, but would only do it this early because of the trip. Otherwise, would do later in september/october/nov.
     
  18. EscalatorKid

    EscalatorKid Mouseketeer

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    I can't really get one until my doctor's appointment unless I go to Rite Aid and pay for it. (And even then, they sometimes don't have them in stock.)

    I usually don't get mine until my November appointment regardless.
     
  19. Shanti

    Shanti Momketeer

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    It's a personal decision. We never get flu shots at all and have never gotten sick there.
     
  20. MomOTwins

    MomOTwins The Mommy Fairy

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    Flu season is from October through May. For that reason we always get the shot in September or the first week of October. But that also means it is unlikely there would be a lot of flu virus circulating in mid-September when you are planning to travel. So I guess my answer is I don't think you necessarily need to get one for your trip, but I would certainly encourage you not to wait as late as November, by which time the flu season will already have been well underway.
     
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  21. Dismama2boys

    Dismama2boys Mouseketeer

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    Same.
     
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