Pediatrician Says Swine Flu Vaccine Is A Must For Children

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

If you're on the fence about vaccinating your child for swine flu, health officials say it's a no-brainer.

"I don't think that parents should debate this issue, if they want to do what is best for their child, they'll get their child immunized," Guertin said.

Sparrow Hospital Pediatrician Dr. Stephen Guertin says Michigan is already ahead of the curve, in terms of the intensity of the illness, and in order to keep the momentum, the vaccine is a must.

"We can avoid what other communities have seen because, we have the chance to, and that chance is the immunization," Guertin said.

Guertin reiterates the target groups that should get vaccinated.

"Pregnant women, health care workers, and that very vulnerable population 6 months of age through 24 years of age," Guertin said.

And because children under six months aren't being vaccinated, he says it's essential their care givers are.

"The way to protect children under six months of age is to immunize yourselves, so you can surround that child with a protective layer of immunized people," Guertin said.

While Dr. Guertin says there are some mild side effects to getting the vaccine, he says it's nothing compared to getting the swine flu.

"The child will be at risk from the immunization for fever and maybe even seizures related to fever, and a mild form of the illness," Guertin said.

But without the vaccination at all, the consequences for kids become serious.

"Children with no predisposition at all run the risk of going into respiratory failure from terrible pneumonia related to the disease that could put them in the intensive care unit," Guertin said.

If you don't have a personal doctor you can call 1-800-SPARROW to obtain a physician referral to receive the vaccine.

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  • by Carley Location: Lansing on Oct 21, 2009 at 09:12 PM
    Sadly to say tho it's the Pharmaceutical companys who have these doctors brainwashed. Some of them even own the colleges that these doctors are trained at. There isn't ONE medication out there that doesn't have side effects, not one. The swine flu is nothing more serious than the common flu which many die from as well each year. If we stopped feeding ourselves manmade foods like Oreos and ate right no one would get sick. I dont vaccinate my children and they are all healthy as can be. Sure they occassionally get a stuffy nose, but none of them have ever been hospitilized.
  • by Kim Location: Eaton Rapids on Oct 15, 2009 at 09:20 AM
    Good Luck gettng the vaccine.......Everyone is out so I guess it is a "no-brainer". Eaton County is out and has no idea when they will have more - if you call your doctor, they refer you to the health department.
  • by Leigh Location: Michigan on Oct 14, 2009 at 09:08 PM
    I really don't care what the pediatrician says, I have researched this vaccine carefully and decided against it for myself and my family. It has not been on the market long enough to know the true long term side effects. I don't want my family being guinea pigs. I'm not telling you what is right for you or your family, just please don't go into it blindly, do some research.
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