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What vaccines are your ob's suggesting you to get? Mine suggested that I get Hepatitis B and I think Pnemonia was hte other one... but they didn't recommend a flu shot? Im really iffy on anything but the flu shot (only bc I work in the schools) At our school the only ones required to get a hep B are those that would be working with bodily fluids (changing diapers of htose kids that need it) Just wondering what you think? I have to let them know at my appt next week.

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Ummmmm...my midwife didn't say anything about vaccines...

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I have already had hey he HepB vaccine. My dr. does recommend he flu shot, but I never have gotten it. That is the only he wants me to get.

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I don't do the flu shot. We rarely get the flu so I've never thought that one was necessary. We home school and can afford to spend a few days home being sick. I'm not anti-vaccine but I'm just not big on that particular one.

I needed a tetanus shot this summer so I went ahead and got the one that's a combo with whooping cough. That thing is a beast. It wiped me out for a week. But now I'm really glad I did it.

Not sure if I need boosters on any others.

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Wow there are several of us on here that homeschool!

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My ob gave my a pamphlet on heb b shot I think. I won't get it, I can't think of a scenario where I would come in contact with heb B?. I don't do flu shots either. I'm not anti vax at all but flu shots only protect against one strain of flu and can make you sick. I never get the flu anyway so meh. My ob hasnt' said anything though about a flu shot or anything else.

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I don't have an OB, but it doesn't matter since I'm anti-vaccine anyways. So none here! And I never get the flu shot, and all the people who I know get it, always get the flu. And it's really dangerous now since it has the swine flu vaccine in it as well. And I just don't feel it's safe at all for pregnant women. But that's me. I'm not looking to start anything... just what I'm doing.

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We do selective and delayed vaccinations here. My children are not in school or daycare, so we take our time getting vaccinated. None at all for the first year (or during pregnancy) because baby pretty much never leaves my side (therefore can't pick up an illness or transfer an illness very easily). For myself - I will make sure that I'm current on whoophing cough (I don't think I've had one in awhile - but that will be AFTER the baby is born). Do you know how Hep B is transferred? Ummm yeah, don't get me started on how ridiculous that vaccine is. Now there is a place for it (as there is with most vaccines) but it is NOT for the average person. Also, something that many people don't realize - anytime you get a vaccine your immune system is temporarily suppressed immediately after getting that vaccine (definitely for the next couple weeks, and even up to a month) because your body is currently "fighting" the disease that you just got vaccinated for. That means that you are WAY more susceptible to picking up other illnesses that are going around immediately after a vaccination, so definitely consider that anytime you go in to get a vaccine. I believe that is part of why so many people who get a flu vaccine then end up getting the flu. The vaccine protects them against maybe 50% of the flu viruses that are out there, BUT there body is in a weakened state after getting the vaccine, and then they are MORE likely to pick up the other 50% that were not included in the vaccine. Anyway, do your research. Find good information from people who are pro vaccine, and from those who are against it. "Try" to find some unbiased sources as well (harder to find). WHy your doctor may be GREAT in a lot of ways, they have to have a large knowledge base, and often times they have not done much research themselves in the area of vaccines. So, it doesn't hurt to look into it further and make an educated decision for yourself whether or not you want to vaccinate during your pregnancy.

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not sure the only thing i got yesterday was my flu shot

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I got the flu vaccine and always do because I work in a hospital and I'm exposed to the flu often. All my other shots are up to date so I didn't need anything else.

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I'll probably get my flu shot, but I'm pretty sure I'm up to day on everything else. I do all vaccines for my kids on the recommended schedule and have never had an issue so it works for us. We used to never do the flu shot, but when I was pregnant last time Ds got the flu and it was so awful how sick he got. We all got it that year and we have since and will going forward.

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I had both the flu and swine flu shot when I was preg with dS. That one I am considering just because I work in an elementary school and some parents like to "dope" their kids up with over hte counter medicine (cough, ibuprofen etc) before they send them to school so they don't "appear" sick. (then the parent doesnt have to deal with the sick kids at home) so i dont wnat to risk the flu... However the hep B I just dont see why I need that one.

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I have the hepatitis shot because I work in the ER and surgery and getting stuck with a dirty needle is always a possibility. I skip the flu and pneumonia shots.

The flu shot has 250x the EPA recommended max exposure of mercury. There is a mercury free version, but neither of the hospitals where I worked had that type. I figure a couple flu shots probably won't hurt anyone, but one a year for the rest of your life is not something I want to do. I'd rather take my chances with the flu. I don't know if mercury crosses the placenta, but since my new job doesn't force us to get the flu shot I opted out. I had the flu shot during my last two pregnancies because it was mandatory at my old job. Both my kids are fine. But since mercury is a known neurotoxin I'd rather not have it in my body, especially when there is a tiny growing baby to think about.

In general though I'm not anti vaccine. Both my kids get their immunizations on schedule. Obviously I skipped the flu shot for them too Smile