Childhood vaccinations and the flu jab have been a hot potato for many years, and parents can struggle with making a decision as to whether it is healthy or not. No parent wants their child to become severely ill, so the vaccine appears to be the best route.
Also, as explained by the DoH, it does protect vulnerable groups such as the elderly if children are vaccinated.
Is your child already sick?
If you child has had anti-biotics, steroids, anti-histamines or other medications for immune system problems, then I would be cautious. Their immune systems would already be weakened which means they are more likely to have a reaction to the vaccination.
It is perfectly acceptable to ask the health practitioner to delay the vaccination until the child is better to give them the best chance with their immunity. Practitioners do resist delays, as it can interfere with their programme of work, however you do have the authority to delay.
Vaccinations, particularly childhood vaccinations, are a very personal decision and are an invasive procedure introducing chemicals into a young developing body.
Do your own research about vaccinations.
If there is a food intolerance double check the ingredients.
If there is a latex intolerance check the packaging.
Even microscopic introduction of products can cause reactions.
BE INFORMED about the flu jab.
At what age should children have the nasal spray flu vaccine?
In the autumn/winter of 2017-18, the vaccine will be available free on the NHS for eligible children, including:
Victoria Shorland, Nutritionist and Allergy Consultant.