Side effects in Infants from Flu Shot recieved by mom during pregnancy

Joanna (Asia) - posted on 12/15/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hello all wonderfull Moms! I am curious if any of you have decided to recieve a flu-shot while being pregnant, and if you did, how was your labour, delivery going and how was and is your baby doing today?
I got talked into taking a flu-shot in the first half of my pregnancy, and all my pregnancy was going great and the baby seemed to be growing and developing very well until the last month of pregnancy I developed polyhydramnios - the amount of my amniotic fluid was increasing instead of decreasing, which caused me having an emergency C-section,to prevent any posible complications like cord prelapsing or obrupting of the placenta...anyway after my baby was born, unexpected things started to happen, her oxygen started to drop, she was having episodes of tensing up and loosing her breath, chocking on her own saliva, was hypersensitive and had to be intubated, succtioned to help her breath, because whe was producing an excesive amount of secretions. Monika spent 4 months in NICU went through all kinds of tests: genetic, metabolic, MRI, etc., and no known disorder or syndrome or other visible cause was found. No diagnosis! She did not swallow for the first 8 months, is strictly G-tube fed, had to have tracheotomy done in order to breath safely and for us to sucction her safely at home, had central hypotonia, which made her very floppy in central body ( she could not sit until she was 8 months,or crawl until she was 12 months)The only thing the docs think they found in her brain MRI, is a congenital change in her brain called CORTICAL DISPLASIA, which may or may not have anything to do with my girls problems. Cortical displasia happens when the fetal brain is forming, so in the early stages of pregnancy.Today Monika is 18 months old, does not walk yet, although she is much stronger in her trunk area...her therapists and doctors are very immpresed with her achievements. Nevertheless noone knows so far what it is . So I started to think - could it be the flu-shot I took in the third month of pregnancy? So dear Moms, I just wanted to hear your stories, you could say I am doing my own little research,

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Jenni - posted on 01/03/2010

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I'm a mom, so I am an expert. Experience is the best teacher after having four kids. I'm a birth doula and attend seminars on vaccines.
"If you don't get these shots or vaccines you will put your child at risk and they will die." THAT is what the medical experts say. Fear is their best seller. They want everyone under their power. They brainwash moms into their beliefs, fixing everything with pills, shots, pain killers and medicines. Just shut off your mind, leave it all up to us, sit back and we'll take good care of ya'. (yeah, right!)
Doctors are good at taking care of sick people, not preventative medicine. Otherwise they would be studing herbs and homeopathy...nutrition! Eating healthy is your best weapon against illness. THAT is what doctors and "experts" should be teaching.

Jenni - posted on 01/01/2010

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Oh, don't get the flu shot while pregnant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's not safe. Just because they say it is, they are only out for the money. Just look at it now. It's been said the serum isn't strong enough now. IT's been recalled. There have been miscarriages from it. Come on people, it's just the flu!!!! Check out websites about vaccines. Check out the natural ones, not medical backed one. Man, I dislike doctors so much.

Sneaky - posted on 12/20/2009

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Hi Joanna, In the 'Welcome to Circle of Mums' community there is a big discussion about the H1N1 flu shot and some links have been posted (both pro and con). I vaguely remember a comment about maternal antibodies (eg, your bodies immune response to the shot) possibly affecting a developing baby, but I did not look at the link to more information. I am in Australia and the general advice here is that it is ok (and recommended) to do all flu shots in the second or third trimester of pregnancy. I am currently in the second trimester of my pregnancy, but was going to wait a few more weeks since flu season here does not start for another few months.

Good luck with your research, and I hope that your daughter keeps up her amazing progress :o) Tracey

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Melanie - posted on 05/12/2014

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I received the flu shot in my third trimester in 2007...also developed polyhydramnios and had an emergency c-section at 37 weeks...my son had severe reflux, developmental delays, and hearing loss...I am also curious if there are other women who have had similar complications following the flu shot...I will never get it again nor will I have my children get it...

Vanessa - posted on 03/10/2014

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Hi, I am 32 weeks and trying to do as much research as I can to see if it's worth the risk or not. Not that it's of help now for you Joanna but I am going to cord bank my babies blood. I have read so much amazing literature about the benefits and what it can be used for treating your child.
I have read about one child that had lack of oxygen at birth due to complications and how wonderful the treatment has been for her.
If this post can help encourage others to investigate cordblood banking and to look at the advantages of what it can cure then it will be worth it.
I'm also not interested in the blanket " trust us we are professionals" response from Government and Health departments and would rather do my own research. Across the world they have a history of backing things and then decades later recant. Just look back to when Dr's and surgeons recommended smoking for asthma or other breathing disorders!
Best of luck with your daughters fantastic fighting spirit and progress Joanna. It's not an easy fight but definitely one worth every effort on your behalf. Your efforts will be rewarded!!!

Tabetha - posted on 01/05/2010

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Everyone is entitled to an opinion. My advice is to find an OB/GYN or midwife that you are comfortable with and trust their judgement. Although some complications may be caused by the shot consider the complications of having the flu while pregnant. Weigh the pros and cons before deciding.

Erin - posted on 01/03/2010

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This is a question for medical experts not for well meaning moms. There are so many factors that go into pregnancy and child development that blaming a single event for problems is most likely not the cause and will drive you insane. Genetics, overall health, mental health, and parenting styles are much more likely to be the cause than a shot or some other single event. I play the what if game alot too but try not to. Find one or two sources that you trust and stick with their advice. If you don't trust doctors, find one you do trust or a natural doctor but polling the internet for this kind of stuff will just make your head spin. There are people who have bad experiences and no problems for shots or other problems. So you will hear horror stories and success stories. Save your sanity and ask an expert.

Adrienne - posted on 01/02/2010

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HI Joanna,
Sorry to hear that happen to you. Which flu shot did you get? The regular one or the H1N1 flu shot? Both of my little boys got the H1N1 shots and the regular flu shots. Then on top of it I got only the H1N1 flu shot. I'm due to have my third child in about 13 1/2 weeks. My pregnancy has been going great compared to my last two pregnancies. I received the H1N1 shot around 17 weeks pregnant. I did a lot of research on the H1N1 shot to the point I knew more then my mother-in-law who is a nurse. I'm hoping that your research goes good and like Lisa Dawson said keep us posted to what you find out.

Lisa - posted on 12/18/2009

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I hope that you all are doing ok. I've never heard of this, although I am very worried about flu shots and the negative effects. Please keep us posted as to what you find out.

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