Ellen, from what I've heard, only the mist is mercury free and that is not advisable for boys on steroids. If you are aware of other mercury free flu vaccines, please provide a link as this would be valuable information for those of us concerned about excessive mercury in our boys.There are flu shots available that are mercury free. My son's pediatrician only uses the mercury free brand. Maybe you could ask your physician about that option.
I would say certainly try to get chickenpox before starting steroids. Varicella can cause complications to our DMD boys who are on steroids, but is harmless (despite what the drug companies try to tell us) to healthy children. I have been disgusted with the mandatory varicella vaccination since it came on the market. I feel that my son should have had the oportunity to contract this harmless disease by now and been in the clear. Now I just have something else to worry about. Thanks Merc!
I know there are many others who disagree with me on this, but I remember having chickenpox as a kid. No healthy child ever had serious complications from this disease. It was only after it was put on big pharma's hit list that kids (most of whom had complications as a result of unnecessary medical interventions) suddenly started dying and having "serious complications". I am in a very delicate situation here. I don't trust drug companies - at all. Yet the only hope for the survival of my son comes from these very same purveyors of toxicity.
Arrgh! I just want to scream.