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?
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.
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.
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.
Baby #3 due July 6 2013
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.
I'm all about shots and vaccines! So I say, bring it on!
DH Mike 2/10/01
DS Caleb 11/19/05
DS Jonah 11/25/11
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.