H1N1

Nicole - posted on 11/06/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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How many others are not sure about the shot? I mean there is still so much we dont know, and every health care professional says something different. That makes me even more unsure.

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Bianca - posted on 11/21/2009

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i got my shot just yesterday and i feel fine, my doctor said that the H1N1 they give to pregnant women the virus is already dead so theres less to worry about than what they give everyone else...hope this helps!

Shannon - posted on 11/21/2009

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I got the shot 2 weeks ago because I was more worried about getting the flu. I'm 21 weeks pregnant plus I have moderate asthma. I talked to my doctor and she told me that the combination of my asthma amd my pregnancy could cause the flu to be fatal. I've gotten the seasonal flu shot with every pregnancy I had. My doctor said this shot was made the same and would have been included in the seasonal vaccine if it had been discovered in time.

Janis - posted on 11/21/2009

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I refused it hands down! I am luck in that I do not work so my interactions with the public I can control somewhat. However I beleive that vaccinations are way too overused! Has anyone heard of Autism? I will do everything in my power to avoid any unnecessary threat to my baby including any extra medication delivered in any form

Gladelia - posted on 11/20/2009

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Hey..I got the shot about a week ago...I feel fine havent been sick or anything. My baby is still acting the same no complaints...I was afraid to get the shot but I didnt want to risk getting H1N1 so I just went on and got it.

Teresa - posted on 11/20/2009

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I was very leary about it, especially since during my last pregnancy I got the flu shot and still ended up with the flu. But I went ahead with the H1N1 shot for our precious baby's sake...and no side effects so far (but it was only yesterday). :)

Crystal - posted on 11/19/2009

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All I know is the swine flue is the number 1 killer in pregnant women right now and my nephew had got it and all he wanted to do was sleep with me, I didn't think anything of it until I had gotten sick and had to go to the hospital, and when you go they tell you, you have the flu, but you wont know if it's swine flue until the next day. THANK GOD I didnt have it, after I had got better I went straight down to the helth department and got it I thought it was goingj to hurt (I don't like needles) but the needle was really small so I didn't feel it but my arm where I got the shot hurt for a few days, but it was worth it to know that I am going to get to be around to finish raising my 8year old and have watch my baby grow up too when she gets here.

Stefie - posted on 11/19/2009

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Quoting Kacia:

Every doctor at my hospital, as well as friends who are physicians have said to get it. There really isn't a lot they don't know. Every year the flu shot comes out for a different strain of the flu and it's perfectly fine. They've been doing it for a very long time now. The H1N1 is just another strain. The vaccine is made the same way as the flu shot. I normally don't get the flu shot because I rarely get sick. However, being pregnant is a different story. Your immune system isn't as strong and catching the flu (either one) could be deadly to both you and your baby. So, I opted to get both and both my baby and I are fine :) I was not willing to take the chance of catching the actual flu.

And remember, it's not a live virus. The only live virus is in the nasal spray which is not given to pregnant women. You cannot get the flu from the vaccine. Of course, with any medication, there is always a risk you may have an allergic reaction, but your doctor will most likely keep an eye on you to be sure that doesn't happen.

Bottom line is this. There are a TON of conspiracies out there about this. These mostly come from people who are uninformed or misinformed. Take your doctor's advice (or multiple doctor's advice) and not the advice of random people who may or may not actually know what they're talking about. You don't want to base a potentially life threatening decision on a rumor. And above all, trust your instincts :)


I have to agree with you. I have read about how dangerous this disease is. I know there may be a small possibility that some vaccines may have harmful side effects. However, I am so grateful that I can get vaccines for me and my family. 

Brooke - posted on 11/18/2009

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I didn't take it because it takes years for the side effects of new vaccines on babies to be known I don't wanna me on those commericals with the lawyers

Kelli - posted on 11/13/2009

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I recieved the shot many weeks ago when it first was avaliable to pregnant women and I didn't have any side effects at all. The baby is checking out great on ultrasounds and moving like a crazy man. You have to look at everything while your pregnant with the thought "okay do the benefits outweigh the risks?" and in my opinion it does in this case.

Kacia - posted on 11/11/2009

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Every doctor at my hospital, as well as friends who are physicians have said to get it. There really isn't a lot they don't know. Every year the flu shot comes out for a different strain of the flu and it's perfectly fine. They've been doing it for a very long time now. The H1N1 is just another strain. The vaccine is made the same way as the flu shot. I normally don't get the flu shot because I rarely get sick. However, being pregnant is a different story. Your immune system isn't as strong and catching the flu (either one) could be deadly to both you and your baby. So, I opted to get both and both my baby and I are fine :) I was not willing to take the chance of catching the actual flu.

And remember, it's not a live virus. The only live virus is in the nasal spray which is not given to pregnant women. You cannot get the flu from the vaccine. Of course, with any medication, there is always a risk you may have an allergic reaction, but your doctor will most likely keep an eye on you to be sure that doesn't happen.

Bottom line is this. There are a TON of conspiracies out there about this. These mostly come from people who are uninformed or misinformed. Take your doctor's advice (or multiple doctor's advice) and not the advice of random people who may or may not actually know what they're talking about. You don't want to base a potentially life threatening decision on a rumor. And above all, trust your instincts :)

Valerie - posted on 11/09/2009

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I am feeling very conflicted too. I had the regular seasonal flu shot in the beginning of October. When I had it administered I made sure I told the nurse that I was pregnant, and am glad I did because he did not read the order form correctly. So she had gone back and gave me one that was preservative-free. I think I would be more content knowing if there is a preservative-free version of the H1N1 vaccine. The doctors still advise me to get one since I work in the health care industry.

Katelin - posted on 11/08/2009

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I decided not to get the shot and ended up with the flu. I don't regret my decision at all though just because of all the horror stories I've heard about pregnant women getting the H1N1 shot.. I spiked a fever and went to the hospital as soon as I noticed it. Since it was so early they gave me Tamiflu which you have to take for 5 days straight. I got a lot of rest and drank a bunch of fluids and I'm doing just fine now.

My mom is diabetic and gets the flu shot every year since she's more apt to contract it.. her doctor wanted to give her the H1N1 shot and told her that he was "excited cause she'd be a test subject"... wtf?! I was shocked that they'd want to test a flu shot out on the people that it seems to be more dangerous for... >.

Melissa - posted on 11/08/2009

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My fiance, daughter and I are going todaay to get it, Im 5 months, and a registered nurse. A women, mid 20's, had to have an emergency c section with her twin boys and then passed away from the h1n1. Very sad and I was sceptical but she is not too far from home and Im not taking any chances. The women also had another young child and these poor children have to grow up without their mother.... :(

Courtney - posted on 11/07/2009

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I wanted to get mine until I read up on it. They only tested 230 people with this shot and get this: none were pregnant! So they have no idea if there are any effects and frankly, if someone cant guarantee my babies health, ill take the chance of not getting the shot. But, thats just my opinion.

Heather - posted on 11/07/2009

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I agree with your decision of not getting the shot since you are so close to delivery...I was 20 weeks before I got mine, but I also did not want to get the shot either..I opted to get it because I work in the hospital in close quarters to patients who have tested positive for the H1N1 virus and I really didnt want to take the chance of giving that virus to my unborn child...I asked my doctor about the pros and cons of getting the shot and he said if i contracted the virus from my workplace, the chances of my baby getting it and dying from it were very high so thats what helped me decide...

Erin - posted on 11/07/2009

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I heard the shot has bad side effects. The point of getting the shot is to avoid getting the virus, however if your immune system is down you may come down with the h1n1 virus. my doctor told me that a pregnant womans immune system is low and suggests that you get the shot. But what if your immune system is too weak and you catch it. You don't know if its low or not until u catch the virus. I took a risk and didn't get the shot since i am so close to delivery. Personally I wouldn't want to risk getting the shot and then catching the virus. We all know that they actually inject the virus into our body(even though its a weaker dose), and if your immune system is down, you have that possibility of getting it. That is not a risk I am willing to take.

Heather - posted on 11/07/2009

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I wasnt really sure about the shot but I got it yesterday and so far so good...Prior to getting the shot I have talked to a couple of people I work with, who are pregnant or know someone who was pregnant, that have gotten the shot and they have had no birth defects reported or side affects from the shoot either

Kelly - posted on 11/07/2009

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Trust your gut hon. I wouldn't want to tell you one way or the other (mainly because I don't know enough about it), but I personally would have it, as I think the effects of the illness outweigh the effects of the shot. As Karen said, it is based on the Seasonal flu shot, and so we aren't really guinea pigs. In pregnancy, your immune system is supressed and so you might be more at risk of contracting certain illnesses. There are things to be taken into consideration, such as how is your health in general, how is your pregnancy etc. Is there a health professional you trust who can speak with you (maybe your midwife or even a family member/friend) and tell you all the facts so you can make an informed decision. If you think that you'd be better having it than not, then go for it.

Bridget - posted on 11/06/2009

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Quoting Megan:

I got my shot :) I am fine & my baby girl is moving around the same & seems to be doing great in the womb!! rather be safe then sorry :)



Unfortunately, It's the effects that might not be discovered until after you're child is born that is worrysome. Lab animals that were given the H1N1 vaccination produced offspring with problems. No human studies were done on pregnant women. We are the guinea pigs. See www.mercola.com for more info.

KAREN - posted on 11/06/2009

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I just got mine today. From what they say, it is made the same way as the Seasonal flu shot which is fine. I think it is better to get the shot then risk getting sick and complications from contracting H1N1.

Megan - posted on 11/06/2009

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I got my shot :) I am fine & my baby girl is moving around the same & seems to be doing great in the womb!! rather be safe then sorry :)

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