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RebeccaA'07's picture
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Flu Shot

What are your thoughts on the flu shot during pregnancy?

They want me to get it at my next appointment in December, I'll be in the 2nd trimester. I did get one with DD's pregnancy, moreso because I was forced into and not given a choice. I typically do NOT get flu shots, I don't trust the accuracy and I really don't like getting vaccines during pregnancy.

Just curious on what everyone else is doing!

shroutbabymama85's picture
Joined: 11/08/11
Posts: 434

i was told to get one too. wish i didnt have to. i usually am sick as a dog after i get the shot. got one last year and ended up getting the flu anyway.

Love.Grown's picture
Joined: 11/01/11
Posts: 192

I'll be getting one, but only because when I get the Flu I usually end up in the hospital. I couldn't imagine getting it while pregnant.

lexirunner's picture
Joined: 05/10/06
Posts: 460

They always tell me I need to get one, and put up a huge stink when I tell them I would prefer not to. I don't decline too many "mandatory" tests, but this is one that I just don't want. Getting vaccines while pregnant is really unsettling to me... I don't really have any reasoning for it, and don't have a problem with them at any other time (except I decline the Hep B vaccine for my babies at birth and start it at their 2 month).

sometimes's picture
Joined: 07/08/08
Posts: 900

No flu shots for me. I never get them and don't ever want one.

newmommie25's picture
Joined: 09/20/07
Posts: 123

Not gonna get one. I did get the flu while pregnant with ds and ended up in the hospital for a few hours to rehydrate, but it probably would not have been prevented with a flu shot anyways since that only covers a few strains of it.

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Joined: 02/16/09
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I got the regular flu shot (thermisol-free) during my pregnancy with DS, but that was two winters ago when the swine flu insanity hit and they were making a huge deal about pregnant women. I didn't get the swine flu shot, but I got the regular one for SOME sort of peace of mind. Typically, however, I do *not* get the flu shot.

That being said, I don't know what I'll do this year. I think I'm leaning towards just getting DS the shot (actually, he got it two weeks ago), and leaving it at that. DH has to get one every year for work, so I don't have to worry about him, either. I've never ever had the flu in my life, so I'm not too concerned with contracting it.

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I will not be getting one. We've already have H1N1 in our household (before there was a vax for it.)

I'm not big on the flu vax, and especially while pregnant.

This is another reason why I love the MW model of care, where everything is about "informed consent." My MW gives me the info on everything, the research on both sides of any argument and leaves it up to us to make a decision. There is no pressure and she respects our rights as parents to make the choice and own our decision. I wish more doctors were like that.

kristie_b1's picture
Joined: 03/07/09
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I received my flu shot in August about a month before we conceived this little bean.

Growing up I was constantly sick. Allergies, bronchitis, ear infections, strep, asthma, stomach viruses etc etc. I seemed to get everything. I'm done being sick. So I get my flu shot every year (since age 20).

It's true that it doesn't protect against every single strand of the flu, but it protects me from a lot of them, and it's covered by my insurance, and I wasn't pregnant when I received it, and I've never had a bad reaction to the vaccine before, so I figure there's not much for me to worry about.

Plus I used to work with at-risk groups so I needed to protect myself and them. I've never had any type of flu once getting the vaccine.

Marite13's picture
Joined: 08/07/09
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I don't usually get it, and I won't get it now either. My SIL warned me that these docs we see at the clinic here are pretty big flu-vax pushers, but they are just going to have to be ok with me saying no.

nea458's picture
Joined: 07/26/11
Posts: 376

I received mine when I was about 5-6 weeks along. Unfortunately, being in the military, I don't receive a choice. I received it every year since I was 17 - never became terribly sick with it.

MrsJD's picture
Joined: 08/08/11
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We all got ours. I had H1N1 two years ago (hospitalized) and DS had the flu last year, it was horrible and my husband had open heart surgery in September... we can't risk a major illness. Usually I dont get one. We thought it was a good idea this year.

aphart0's picture
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I got mine last Friday that same day I got my BFP so I was only 4 weeks along. I get one every year (mainly cause its free at work). I also got one about this same time 2 years ago when I was barely preggo with DS. I didn't have any issues with him so I don't think that the flu shot is anything to worry about while preggo.

mom2sebastian's picture
Joined: 08/14/04
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Never get them, especially not while pregnant. None of the kids get them either.

e123vg's picture
Joined: 07/27/06
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out of my 4 pregnancies i only got a flu shot once. i've never had the flu. my kids have only got a flu shot once also, they got the flu that year anyway. i'll opt not to get another one.

nea458's picture
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WOW! Tons of mixed emotions. Found this for pros: (still searching for cons)
Flu shot in pregnancy: Is it safe?

Is it safe to get a flu shot during pregnancy?


from Roger W. Harms, M.D.

Yes, it's safe to get an influenza (flu) shot during pregnancy. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a flu shot for anyone who's pregnant during flu season — typically November through January or even later — unless you've had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccination.

Pregnancy puts extra stress on your heart and lungs. Pregnancy can also affect your immune system. These factors increase the risk not only of getting the flu but of developing serious complications of the flu, such as pneumonia and respiratory distress. In turn, flu complications increase the risk of premature labor, preterm birth and other pregnancy complications. A flu shot can help prevent these potential problems.
In addition, having a flu shot during pregnancy can help protect your baby after birth. Infants are at high risk of complications from the flu, but childhood flu vaccines can't begin until age 6 months. If you have a flu shot during pregnancy, however, the antibodies you develop will pass through the placenta. In turn, these antibodies help protect your baby from the flu.

When you get your flu shot, be sure to request the flu shot and not the nasal spray vaccine. The flu shot is made from an inactivated virus, so it's safe for both mother and baby during any stage of pregnancy. The nasal spray vaccine is made from a live virus, which makes it less appropriate during pregnancy or while you're trying to conceive. If you're allergic to eggs, check with your doctor before receiving a flu shot.
The flu shot available during the 2011-2012 flu season offers protection from both H1N1 flu (swine flu) and seasonal flu.

(Also, check out this article from the CDC - both credible sources: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/qa_vacpregnant.htm)


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"aphart0" wrote:


I got mine last Friday that same day I got my BFP so I was only 4 weeks along. I get one every year (mainly cause its free at work). I also got one about this same time 2 years ago when I was barely preggo with DS. I didn't have any issues with him so I don't think that the flu shot is anything to worry about while preggo.

Hey lurker! You're in my hometown! I'll be headed home to the Zoo to birth this baby. How cool to see someone from Kalamazoo on here! Smile

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"mom2sebastian" wrote:

Never get them, especially not while pregnant. None of the kids get them either.

This is us, too. DD has never had a flu shot and she's never been sick, and she's in daycare which is a miracle. The only flu shot I ever had was with her pregnancy and it was forced, I was totally unresearched at that time.

greenmylife's picture
Joined: 10/24/11
Posts: 355

Hmmmmm, I think I will! The flu vax is not exactly like every other vaccine, but I do believe the theory is that the more people that get it the more it helps society overall with fewer sickness. I got the flu when I was pregnant with my son, it was so awful. Then I got H1N1 two years ago. I never want to be that sick again!!!! Smile Then again, Im one of those people that doesnt fear meds as much as I probably should. I will, however, wait til second trimester.