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Old 10-31-2009, 02:06 PM   #1
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Default My DD is high risk and can't get the vax!!!

My daughter is 5 yrs old and because she is a few months older than the cut off she'll not get the vax. I keep hearing 6 months to 5 years is the high risk age but if they are that unflexible she'll miss getting the vax. She was premature so is even closer to the cut off really!

I called the flu hotline this morning and he said my dd is high risk and should get the vax. I'll call my area clinic Monday morning but I doubt they'll give it to her. This just means I'll have to be extra careful she doesn't get it till we do get the vax.

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Old 10-31-2009, 02:18 PM   #2
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Have you considered just saying DD is 4 1/2, so she could get the vax?
How would you feel about doing that?
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Old 10-31-2009, 03:25 PM   #3
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I'd take her anyway MMB, I bet they would just give it to her. I don't think they would turn down a child who's parent is saying she's high risk, especially being that she is just 5.

I know I wouldn't.
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:42 PM   #4
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We will go because we don't see them saying it's only for certain groups here at our clinic, the paper had info in it today and we will go and just tell them she near enough the age and was premature so needs it. If we wait for a couple hrs and they turn us away then so be it.
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Old 10-31-2009, 10:44 PM   #5
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I think I should call first and make sure, they really don't want to vax anyone who doesn't qualify. I don't want to take the place of a high risk person if she isn't in that group.
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My daughter is 5 yrs old and because she is a few months older than the cut off she'll not get the vax. I keep hearing 6 months to 5 years is the high risk age but if they are that unflexible she'll miss getting the vax. She was premature so is even closer to the cut off really!

I called the flu hotline this morning and he said my dd is high risk and should get the vax. I'll call my area clinic Monday morning but I doubt they'll give it to her. This just means I'll have to be extra careful she doesn't get it till we do get the vax.

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What? She has a driver's license? State ID card? They require a birth certificate?
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Old 10-31-2009, 11:07 PM   #7
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I wholeheartedly agree with Amberglass that you should just take her. I too, think they will honor your concerns for your 5 yr old and that they will not refuse.
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Old 11-01-2009, 06:59 AM   #8
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If they're checking health insurance cards, they'll know the age... I THINK. I'm not sure if that layer of info is available at flu shot clinics.
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:26 AM   #9
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Well I was reading on one of the forms they hand you at the clinic that "to help speed things along please have your driver's license and health card ready for the nurse. If you do not have these items you WILL still receive your shot"

I found the form online, coming out of Ottawa. I'll see it I can find the link.
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Old 11-03-2009, 10:04 PM   #10
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DD will get her vax on Thurs at the Dr.s office since she is within the age plus other factors, so that's relief!
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Thats great news!
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:12 PM   #12
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That's great, Michele. I certainly would think they would accept children who were preemies first.
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Old 11-04-2009, 01:52 AM   #13
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I hoped the preemie argument would work. The younger kids are, the closer they are to their 'due date' age then their date of birth... if I'm making sense... tired.

FWIW, spoke to a LOT of folks tonight who've had the shot - all high riskers or HCW. ONE got a very mild fever for about 12 hours. The only other marked reaction people mentioned, save for redness/swelling of arm involved, is feeling a bit more tired than usual for a couple of days.
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