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QOTD-Tuesday

I have never in my live had a flu shot. I guess I am just weary of them. Now that I am not expected to deliver until December I have been contemplating it. DS ped recommended me getting one b/c the little one will also have antibodies when she is born.

Question: Do you regularly get an annual flu shot? Your pros/cons. Have you gotten a flu shot when pregnant before?

gaidinsgirl's picture
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I don't get them. My kids don't either. When I was pregnant with dd, I was due in November and my OB recommended that I get it, but I never did.

I may start doing them now that ds is starting school, but I don't know. From what I read the flu virus mutates and the vaccine we get is not from this years virus so there is no guarantee that it will prevent anyway.

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I have only gotten the flu shot a handful of times. I got it when I was bfing Nicholas because he was under 6 months of age but in daycare so I passed the antibodies to him through my milk.

I think I will get the flu shot this year while pregnant so I can make sure Emily is protected when she is first born. Nicholas isn't in daycare anymore but we do go out and about and he isn't the best at washing hands yet.

Nicholas was in the hospital at 3 weeks old for a week and I will do everything in my power to avoid that again. The flu is serious for young children so I will probably get the shot (for Emily) and have Nick get it too.

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I have gotten it that last two years, but only because it is mandatory with NO exceptions. Otherwise I wouldn't have gotten it.

I was pregnant the first time I got it. I was really nervous about it!!! I really did not want to get it. I will be forced to get it again this year. Nothing bad happened, so I guess its okay.

That said, I got the flu last year. I had NEVER had the flu before. It was absolutely terrible. I caught some strain that was not in the vaccine. Even in spite of that, I would not be getting the shot this year if it wasn't required.

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I never got them until DS. Then I started getting him when he did in the Fall. Yes, they only protect for the strains of viruses that season, but it can't hurt you so why not. I never thought about doing it while pregnant. Guess I will ask my midwife and see what she advises.

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I got them in college because they were free at the campus clinic, but I haven't gotten one since. I haven't had the flu since I was in high school (knock on wood), and I remember it being HORRIBLE. So I'm sure I will get the flu shot this year at my OB's office.

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I get the flu shot every year and I got it while pg with DS. With him being in daycare I would rather take that preventative measure. I will definitely get it again this year.

I don't even remember the last time I had the flu.

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Dh gets a required shot at work, I will get one because I am pregnant, my oldest son lives in a dorm so he will get it, so I usually just get them for my 8 and 4 yr olds too.

So yes, we get them....why not.

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I'm all about shots and vaccines! So I say, bring it on!

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I get the shots every year primarily because I work in a school and I only get 5 sick days. Not only will I get one this year, but I will require the flu shot and TDAP of my boyfriend and his entire family if they plan on touching the babies before they're 6 months old. This extreme take is because the babies are likely to be premature and all babies' immune systems are slow at first anyway, because I don't want to have to unnecessarily deal with preventable illnesses while recovering from a c-section and caring for two newborns, and because we will not be able to afford taking even more time off to care for the babies if they are sick or their grandma/babysitter is sick. The flu shot is created new each year based on the world health organization's best prediction of which flu viruses will be circulating this winter. They are able to get reasonable guesses based on the previous years and what is happening in the southern hemisphere (or northern, if your shot is from the southern.) I think it was two years ago that the flu shot wasn't all it was cracked up to be and lots of people added the H1N1 shot. H1N1 was included last year in the flu shot and is included this year as well.

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Ooh, related question ...

Do you guys know when we can get the flu shot?

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"triplespiral" wrote:

Ooh, related question ...

Do you guys know when we can get the flu shot?

I can't remember when I got it last time. This may be a dumb question but is it out for this year yet?

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"triplespiral" wrote:

Ooh, related question ...

Do you guys know when we can get the flu shot?

My OB recommended that I get it in October-November.

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"triplespiral" wrote:

The flu shot is created new each year based on the world health organization's best prediction of which flu viruses will be circulating this winter. They are able to get reasonable guesses based on the previous years and what is happening in the southern hemisphere (or northern, if your shot is from the southern.) I think it was two years ago that the flu shot wasn't all it was cracked up to be and lots of people added the H1N1 shot. H1N1 was included last year in the flu shot and is included this year as well.

I love that you knew this without being a healthcare professional!!

Yes you can get the flu shot when pregnant no matter what trimester. BUT ONLY THE SHOT. The nasal mist is a live vaccine and you can not get it while pregnant.

It is highly recommended that pregnant women get the flu shot. Even in years where supply is short they save supply for pregnant women because baby can not get the flu shot until 6 months. Since we are all due right in the middle of flu season I would highly recommend that we all get the flu shot this year so our babies are protected.

If they don't guess the strains correctly and you still get sick studies have show that you are less likely to end up severely ill.

My Walgreens store got flu shots in this week but a lot of insurances don't cover them until Sept 1st when Flu season normally starts.

If any of you are worried about preservatives there is a preservative free flu shot. This is what I plan on getting. I personally don't believe vaccines or their preservatives cause autism but feel there is no reason to expose the baby to extra preservatives when there is a preservative free option.

No one has mentioned it yet but you often hear people say the flu shot gave them the flu. This is not possible. The shot is a killed vaccine which means the virus in it is dead and can not give you the flu. When people still get the flu it is because they were exposed to the virus before or shortly after getting the shot. It takes a couple weeks to be fully effective so if you don't want to get sick you need to get the shot early before you start hearing about friends or co-workers getting sick.

I give hundreds of flu shots every year so please feel free to PM me or post any other questions Smile

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I never used to get a flu shot, but I started getting vaccinated when I was pg with my first son (at the advice of my OB). I think it's a good thing, esp. while pregnant, and I'm sure I will get a shot this fall too. I've never had the flu, that I can remember, but I surely don't want it.

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I have never had a flu shot and I don't plan to get one. I just don't really worry about getting sick and I am not a germ-phobe. I think that we worry so much about killing germs and bacteria and "preventing" sickness, that we make ourselves more sick in the process. All those little nasties just evolve and mutate to create other little nasties that are more resistant to all our prevention efforts. But, I am one of those crazy people who would take her kid to a chicken pox party. And I haven't been sick since 2007.

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Becky - Thank you so much for sharing your opinions. Its nice to have someone other than your OB or Pedi tell you what they think or what they would do themselves.

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I don't think I've ever bothered to get one, but I will this year because I don't want to get the flu while I'm pregnant and I want baby to be protected, especially during the busy holiday time when everyone spreads their germs. I will probably ask DH to get it too, and I'm sure he will.

Thanks for the thread, I never even thought about it until I read this post Smile

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I don't get shots... never had the flu before either.

If you are breastfeeding, your baby will get antibodies to whatever you are exposed to. (whether you catch it or not)

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"beccasweet" wrote:

If any of you are worried about preservatives there is a preservative free flu shot. This is what I plan on getting. I personally don't believe vaccines or their preservatives cause autism but feel there is no reason to expose the baby to extra preservatives when there is a preservative free option.

Thanks so much for posting this. I had completely forgotten that the flu shots that my company gives (they bring someone in one day and have a clinic) do contain preservatives. It didn't bother me when I was breastfeeding as very little mercury gets into milk but with the baby being inside me this time, I know that mercury (contained in thimerosal) can cross the placenta. Although I don't believe that mercury causes autism directly, it has been proven that it does cause brain damage and that is a risk I do not want to take. I'll have to ask my OB about a preservative free shot.

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I don't get one, because I don't ever get the flu. Plus, I just don't like the idea of getting a shot, nor being "infected" with a little bit of the flu to build up a tolerance... and I hear that a lot of times you can get sick from the shot!! Just not for me...

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I don't normally get flu shots or give them to my kids. I did get one when I was preg with my first because I was working in a daycare (a daycare where the children's parents worked at a *hospital,* no less!) at the time. But I did not get one (or the swine flu one, which was being done that year) when I was preg with DS, since I had become a SAHM. I'm not planning on getting one this year, either.

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