I'm 5 months pregnant & been offered the swine flu jab for me & my 18 month old daughter, ideas??

Lou - posted on 01/17/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )

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I heard Dr Hilary on good old GMTV about a month ago saying that it hasn't been a big a epidemic as everyone first anticipated when the vacine was issued, so he said that if his wife was pregnant he would say not to bother. But everytime I see the NHS advert on the tele I feel really guilty!!



Has anyone else had it? Any side effects etc?



Thanks Lou x

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Erica - posted on 01/20/2010

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I'm recently found out I was pregnant. I know the risks but I also know the risks of the shot, well some. It scares me. I don't think enough research has been done yet get the shot. I thought of getting the shot is scary to me.My 3 year old son didn't get the shot either. His father is totally againsit it.

Wendy - posted on 01/20/2010

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I didn't get it. My dr. didn't pressure me either. I was very happy because hubby was pressuring me to get it. I went to the website for the makers of the vaccines and they do not recommend pregnant women get the shot. There are chances of serious side effects to the developing fetus. Such as neural and muscular issues. No thanks. It has not been tested on very many pregnant women and only like 2 of them delivered so there is no way to track the side effects in the kids. Very scary stuff to deal with on the off chance that I may get swine flu.

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Stephanie - posted on 07/05/2011

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When there was a huge outbreak like a year and a half ago, I would not go to school because most of the school had it, so I was on first priority to get the shot. I took it, however unless it is spreading like a wildfire and the risk of getting swine is high ( like it was for me) I wouldn't get it. But that is just me. I do not like pumping my body full of chemicals and others medications if I really don't need to.

Helene - posted on 06/27/2011

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Hi Lou
Before you make any decisions be informed. I suggest a couple of links to begin your research.

International Medical Council on Vaccinations: http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org/2009/0...
National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) - http://www.nvic.org/

These sites have information about what vaccines contain and side effects. You will have to make an informed decision whether or not to vaccinate based on the pros and cons.

I am a postpartum doula and as such I don't dispense medical advice. However, I encourage my clients to study the research and evidence and make informed decisions. That is called critical thinking.

I hope this helps!

Linda - posted on 06/27/2011

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Hi, i am nearly 5 weeks pregnant. My doctor and the nurse encouraged me to get swine flu shot a few days ago. I am feeling really terrible today. Headache, sore muscles, sore neck, sore throat. Doctor said i needed a pap smear too, and i was sure that it wasn't good, nurse said they don't do papsmears on pregnant women, at the same surgery!!! Just makes you wonder if you can believe what doctors say!

Dawn Marie - posted on 02/18/2010

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i had mine when i was 34 wks and my 2.5 yr old daughter had hers too. no problems with either. and my 2nd daughter is fine (born 1/6). i am considered high risk because of medical problems. i was nervous about my daughter having it and wasn't going to until my 3 yr old nephew, his mother, and 5 yr old cousin got it. they were very sick, however siblings did not get it nor require hospitalization ... thankfully. one benefit for me is that it is one less way that my newborn can get it.

Justine - posted on 02/17/2010

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Im 30 weeks pregnant with a seven and three year old. My Dr offered me the swine flu and I said no. I didnt get my kids vaccinated either. I did get the regular flu shot and so did my kids. Its manditory if they are in daycare. You have to really think about the pros and cons of the swine flu vac. I didnt want it cause Im not sure of the side effects. What can happen ten years down the line cause there was no research done on it. Can it harm the baby in years to come? You just have to think about it and go with your gut feeling.

Ashley - posted on 02/16/2010

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I am 4 months pregnant and my son is 18 months and i did not get the shot, I do not want to take a chance on a new vaccine there are so many wierd and controversial thngs in vaccines. i asked my sons doctor if he thought it was nessesary and he said that it was not because there wasnt as big of an epedemic as they thought there was going to be. So I didnt have my son get it.

Kelly - posted on 02/09/2010

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I'm a nurse and my husband is also in the medical field. I was very afraid with us both being in such close contact with sick patients that we needed to get the H1N1 shot b/c I'm due in 2 weeks (Feb is peak flu season) and I also didn't want our son (now 18 months getting sick). The three of us got our shots in Nov and none of us had any side effects. I was advised by my doctor and my sons to do so, and glad I did. Hope that helps :)

Lou - posted on 02/09/2010

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Oh I'm so confused! Why do they have to offer it...to confuse us even more?! I'm scared of needles and injections enough as it is and if I don't need it then I won't do it just for fun, I don't know!!!!!!!! Why can't there be a manual for this?!! xx

Lyndsey - posted on 02/08/2010

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I was only about 2.5months when they made me get mine. I was worried about getting mine too, but the base where we live at made me get it. They said if it wasnt safe for pregnant women they wouldnt be making all the pregnant women on the base get it. I was still scarred, but I got it and it didnt do anything to me. I felt fine after getting it, but some of my husbands friends ended up getting a small flu like feeling about a week after getting it. But me personally I felt fine. Hopes this helps a bit.

Kelli - posted on 02/07/2010

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I got my swine flu shot when I was 3 mo. preg. And, now im 5 mo. along and had no bad side effects or anything.

Nora - posted on 02/07/2010

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Take it! My mom is a nurse and she said the other day a 17-year old girl was pregnant and no one knew she was and she died of swine flu. It targets children and pregnant women. I am four months pregnant and me & my one year old son both got vaccinated. I had no side effects whatsoever

Ashley - posted on 02/07/2010

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i dont know about giving it to ur child.i didnt.but i got the shot it.it didnt hurt at all an i had no side effects it was like i dint get it at all.

Marysa - posted on 01/28/2010

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I would absolutely get it and don't think twice about it!! I had the H1N1 and it turned into the pneumonia when i was 4 months pregnant. Because of the pregnancy i was not healing at all and i just kept getting worse. The pneumonia then turned into ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome) and i was on a vent for 3 weeks in ICU. Luckily me and baby are fine now (Due March 12) but it can kill you! any measure you can take to prevent getting it i would do! Being pregnant compromises your immune system and makes it very hard to battle any kind of illness. I just don't want to see any more pregnant women go through that!!

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I personally don't believe that it is necessary to put all of that in your body. If there are reasons that we can't take certain medications while being pregnant than why put all of that junk in your body? My doctors assistant was kind of forceful on me getting any kind of shot, but my doctor understood that i did not want to and she told me that if I changed my mind and wanted it than to just come back in. I have been doing fine with out it and I am 26 wks. My daughter is doing fine with out it as well. It is a personal choice, if you have doubt than don't do it.

Erin - posted on 01/26/2010

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I got my swine flu shot at 4 months pregnant since my OB highly suggested it and told me about a pregnant woman currently in the ICU due to Swine Flu (scary!) My son had his at 15 months, he is now 16 months. No side effects. We both had the seasonal flu shot back in October before I knew I was pregnant, and we both got a slight cold from it.

Cecelia - posted on 01/25/2010

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I had my done when I was 3 months pregnant with an attitude of better be safe than sorry.

Ashleigh - posted on 01/21/2010

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im 18 an half wks pregnant an my daughter is 19 month an we are both goin 2 get ares dun nxt wk im abit apprehensive as i ave already cancelled 1 appointment but i kno its beta 2 b safer then sori, i was told theres slight side affects such as a cold or flu like syptoms but id rather her ave it then get really ill, hope this has ben helpful.xx

Adrienne - posted on 01/20/2010

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I'm pregnant and due in about 2 months. I had it the swine flu shot and have had no problems with it. Both my little boys got it at the same time and they haven't had a problem with it. I also just got the regular swine flu shot instead of the pregnancy one they have. The funny thing is usually my oldest gets some kind of flu every year and so far he hasn't gotten one but they also got the regular flu shot as well. My boys were a little over 1 years old and a little over 2 years old when they had it done.

Theresa - posted on 01/18/2010

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I chose not to get it and I didn't get for my kids either. I agree that it hasn't been as big as they thought. I also don't trust the shot, it has not been tested on pregnant women. My doc really wanted me to get it, I just stuck with my gut and said no. The funny thing is my daughters pediatrcian asked about her getting it I said no, she said fine. No argument, no trying to convince me, no asking why, just fine. It was at my daughters 1 year check.

Holly - posted on 01/18/2010

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Hey my son and I also got ours a few months ago. One comment the nurse said when giving me the shot was that it then will send those antibodies to your unborn child so they will be protected when they are born as well. No side affects, and well worth a poke to keep you and baby healthy.

Lou - posted on 01/18/2010

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Oh thank you all for your replies! Maybe I should make an appointment then....! x

Zuleyka - posted on 01/17/2010

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Me And My Son Got Ours About Two-Three Months Ago. And Everything Went Well. My Doctor Told Me There's More Of A Chance To Get The Swine Then To Get Really Bad Side Effects Or Die From The Swine.

Sarah - posted on 01/17/2010

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My son got his shot when he was 16 months old and i got mine about 5 months along in my pregnancy. Everything was fine, nothing bad happened. It was like getting a normal shot. I think it would be a good idea.

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I still believe vaccines are very important, specially for high risk categories. I am due in 3 weeks and have a 2.5 yr old. We were both vaccinated.

Louise - posted on 01/17/2010

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hey i was 8 month pregnant when i got my swine flu jag, it didnt affect me what so ever, but it is upto you if you want it or not, my 2 year old son gets it next week

Crystal - posted on 01/17/2010

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I got my swine flue shot when i was 2 months pregnant. and I'm now 6 months pregnant. My son got his when he was 18 months hes now 19 months and going back for his second shot in a week. And me nor my son has had any side effects. we are still as healthy as can be. =)

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