flu shot during pregnancy

Megan - posted on 08/31/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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trying to decide if i should get a flu shot this year. did you know they grow the virus in eggs? and they contain mercury as a preservative - doesn't the dr tell us to stay away from mercury-laden things? i have never had a flu shot [i take a more holistic approach to my health] and have a very strong immune system. now that i am 14 weeks pregnant, im not sure if i should get one. of course my dr told me i should, but i am also very aware of the side effects, etc.



moms who have and who haven't, what were your experiences?

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I get the flu shot every year because I am a teacher and have never had any problems with it. My OB told me to get the shot both times I was pregnant. i haven"t been sick in many years and I'm pretty sure it's thanks to the shot. I wouldn't worry unless you are allergic to eggs.

Cathralynn - posted on 09/01/2009

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Its gonna be up to you. The thing is that while you are pregnant you can take no meds other than tylenol. Decongestants and the like are out. And your immune system is lower due to being pregnant so you are more susceptable and its gonna be flu season soon! They don't always predict the right strain so the flu shot may not help, but I say its worth it. I never get flu shots normally but did while I was pregnant. You have another lil being to think of. If you get sick that takes a toll on them too, especially if you are throwing up or worse, there is dehydration and nutrients to think of. And the flu is rough normally! I never was sick while pregnant luckily, but did get a cold, just a cold!, while breastfeeding. Horrible! No meds of any sort are recommended except tylenol and that doesn't help cold symptoms. Now you know what your infant goes thru when they get a cold and you can't give them anything to make them feel better. I say better to prevent it in the first place. Get a shot, wash your hands alot, and stay away from really crowded places. Congrats!

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User - posted on 12/05/2012

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My Dr says the preservative (mercury free) and latex free flu shots are safe after 12 weeks. I am normally anti-flu shot because I think it doesn't protect from every strain out there. But, now that I am pregnant, my asthma has started to flare and I will not risk getting any additional respiratory complications. I got mine yesterday at 13 weeks and my arm was a little sore, but nothing more happened. I would probably recommend it for pregnant women if you will be pregnant through winter.

Regina - posted on 09/13/2009

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This is a decision between you and your doctor, however, it should be noted that pregnant women are one of the highest risk categories for H1N1 flu virus. The vaccine will be available around November. The seasonal flu vaccine is not effective for H1N1.

Lara - posted on 09/11/2009

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I'm 14 weeks and just got the flu shot this week. They don't grow the virus in eggs but they always ask you if you're allergic to eggs. They do have a preserative free vaccine, but it's much more expensive. Some OB's don't give you an option. My OB isn't for nor against them. I've had them for years and have never had a problem with them. My multiple cases of Tonsilitis actually disappeared after I started to get them.

Ashley - posted on 09/11/2009

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i was pregnant for both my sons during the winter months. i have never had a flu shot and my dr never mentioned getting it while pregnant so i didnt. my first son i got a severely bad stomach flu. i was bed ridden for a wk. i didnt eat for a wk. i was almost on my way to the hosp it was so bad. my 2nd i was fine. it's really up to you. i have never had it and dont get sick often. do what you feel is best for you

Julie - posted on 09/11/2009

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I get a flu shot annually. I received one last Fall while I was pregnant. I agree that it is the responsible thing. People do die from the flu...and as a pregnant woman you will be more susceptible to being more ill if you do get it and they cannot give you medications to treat it. I have never had a reaction to the shots in all my years of getting one. I plan to get one again this Fall and also get my 6 month old son vaccinated.

Beth - posted on 09/08/2009

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I have been getting a flu shot for the past 20 years and could not imagine going into a flu season without getting one. I have never, ever gotten "sick" due to the flu shot. I work in a hospital setting and (in my previous role) had daily patient contact with sick people---and didn't get the flu once. I had a flu shot when I was pregnant, and had a healthy baby boy the following spring. I am planning on getting a flu shot this fall (as usual) whether I'm pregnant again or not. Getting a flu shot is the responsible thing to do, not only for yourself but for your family!

Meredith - posted on 09/04/2009

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I get the flu shot every year and have never had a problem. I had the flu 3 times before I started getting the shot and do not want to go back to that! Pregnant women are at much higher risk for complications of the flu than are non-pregnant women. If you get the flu and get very sick that will put you and the baby at risk and you will likely require many more medications that are not great for the baby. If you chose to get the vaccine make sure you get the single dose injection (the vaccine is already in a single use syringe). This type of the vaccine has extremely low mercury if any whereas the multi-dose vials have more mercury. This is what the CDC recommends. Make sure you ask your doctor which one they use. My OB didn't even know the difference and had the multi-use vials. I had to call around to find a place that had the single dose syringes. I have never had any side-effects from the vaccine, even when I was pregnant. If you do, it is not the flu, it is your body building an immune response to the flu. Good luck. I know it is hard to make all these choices while pregnant.

Deborah Horkay - posted on 09/04/2009

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I was pregnant last winter and did get the flu shot with no side effects. A serious bout of the flu while pregnant can have very serious effects on your baby not to mention who wants to be that sick when they are already possibly fatigued and uncomfortable (depending how many weeks you are). I will also be getting one this year, as will my husband to help project my son and daughter... if they do get the flu it won't be from us. Also, being sick is not an option because I am the primary caregiver... hard to take care of a baby when you are puking. Best of luck!

Sandy - posted on 09/01/2009

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My OB reccommended against the flu vaccine during pregnancy, since I work in a family practice, I was very concerned, but i guess I have developed a strong immune system, and did not catch the flu

Megan - posted on 09/01/2009

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thank you all so much for your responses! i have been looking into a thimerosal-free shot, and my dr can provide one. my honey caught the flu three times last year, so i think to protect myself a little more wouldnt be a bad idea.

ill let you know the final verdict!

thanks again :]

Ashley - posted on 09/01/2009

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I am a nurse and gave birth last November so I did get a flu shot. But they make a flu shot that does not contain any preservatives and is very safe for pregnant and nursing women. I work with immune-compromised patients so it was highly recommended by my employer to get the flu shot. I didn't have any problems with it.

Sara - posted on 09/01/2009

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I had a flu shot when I was pregnant last year and it had absolutely no ill effects on myself or my baby.

Amy - posted on 09/01/2009

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you can get a "mercury free" flu vaccination...here is a para graph from the CDC's website...Today, all routinely recommended licensed pediatric vaccines that are currently being manufactured for the U.S. market, with the exception of influenza vaccine, contain no thimerosal or only trace amounts. Thimerosal preservative-free influenza vaccines are available, but in limited quantities. The total amount of inactivated influenza vaccine available without thimerosal as a preservative will continue to increase as manufacturing capabilities are expanded.

http://www.cdc.gov/FLU/ABOUT/QA/thimeros...

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Talk to your doctor. You may want to consider it, especially since you'll be pregnant during flu season. The flu shot is safe during pregnancy. The formulations for pregnant women usually are thimerosal (mercury) free, even though there's no evidence it is harmful anyway. It is also the inactivated virus formulation. Illnesses like flu, on the other hand, can be awful when you are pregnant. And pregnancy can seriously affect your immune system. I caught a cold during my first trimester, and I was sicker than I'd ever been in my life. Here's some info on the flu shot during pregnancy if you're looking for more:



http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/influen...

http://www.pamf.org/flu/preg.html

Aleese - posted on 09/01/2009

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Good point, Lydia! A big reason that we haven't gotten sick much is because I stay home with the kids so they don't have much exposure to germs (despite licking carts when we go to the store. Ick). But this year we start kindergarten and we already got a bug. So you should probably just follow your gut instinct. It never steers me wrong. ;)

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I had my first flu jab in many years when I was pregnant (although didnt knowit at the time). For me it was the best move I could have made - the flu went right through my family that year (even making my dad and fiance bedridden which is no easy feat!) and the strain that they had came packaged with Gastro - I was already sick morning, noon and night so I hate to think what would have happened had I cought that same bug!! That said - not everyone will have the same exposure to the flu during pregnancy so it may not be worth it for others. I was also on the multivits and have a topnotch herbalist for the natural rememdies but I will still be getting the flu shot again for the next pregnancy.

Leanne - posted on 09/01/2009

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it is a different flu shot when you are pregnant, i was worried last year as i am in a high risk cat' so i have to have 1 every year and was pregnant with my little one anyway i had the flu shot and it didn't do me or phoenix any harm

Katracia - posted on 09/01/2009

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Good point Aleese Barber. Its been longer than that for me. I was maybe 5 years old and i am 23 now. I won't be 24 til november. People rarely be sick around here. But since h1n1 everyone. Has had the breakout and walking around with coats on. I think alot of it could be these hurricanes pushing it around. With high winds.

Aleese - posted on 09/01/2009

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But the thing about mercury is that heavy metals build up until they become toxic. They don't pass from your system. I haven't had a flu shot since I was 11, I thought about getting one this year but I think I'll continue to pass.

We rarely get sick so I think I'm just going to take my chances.

Katracia - posted on 08/31/2009

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My doctor kept asking me to did i want the shot like twice threw my whole pregnancy. Both times i said no!!! Because if i wasn't sick it would make you. The slightest thing, will trigger it. A sneeze, cough, runny nose. I was fine without. Now that my baby boy is 6weeks old. The h1n1 is going around in my area. He can't get it because he is under 6months old. Not fare, at all. But they say he still can catch it with or without the shot. To be safe pray about it. I just had a cousin who had to deliver early due to she had h1n1 and couldn't breath. Her baby girl is fine. She only weighed 4 pounds. And mother is in icu, on vetnalator, the are suctioning blood out her stomach. Now they say she has pnemonia in both lungs. You gotta dress like a doctor to see her. So think about the risks and the good before you decide.

Kristie - posted on 08/31/2009

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i had the flu shot while pregnant the only one that can decide is u and the dr. but i had no side affects and wasnt sick for a year after which is great seeing i had a baby to take care of

User - posted on 08/31/2009

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I had the flu shot at 16 weeks. Mostly due to the fact that I come into contact with general public alot through my work and also since my 2yr old brings home all the germs from day care. I didn't have any side effects but later on I did end up with a very mild case of the flu & was over it in a day or so. It was not near as bad as what hubby had so I think the shot did its job. I now have a very healthy 7 week old baby boy. If you are likely to be in situations where you are exposed to the flu virus then consider it. If not, then it may not be necessary. I didnt have it with my first because the situation didn't require it.

Helen - posted on 08/31/2009

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i like you prefer a holistic approuch to my health, but i do have a very low immune system and i normally have a flu jab plus a supplement to take all winter to boost me up. but last year i didn't take anything as i was pregnant except vit c and zinc as my normal prescribed supplement contains vit a. My own personal view, and i stress personal, is not to have the jab, you are already fit and healthy and in my opinion run more risks from the jab than the actual flu,

Stevie - posted on 08/31/2009

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i have never had a flu shot until my last pregnancy with my son my doctor made me and trust i did not want it i didnt have any side affects my son was just fine too i didnt get sick lol at all haha i think the worst i might have had was a small round red spot on the site of it kinda like a bug bite or something but yeah your baby will be fine and you will be too unless you are allergic to anything in it like eggs or something

Danae - posted on 08/31/2009

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No Way!!! I wouldn't take the flu shot if I was pregnant or not. Not only does it contain mercury, it also contains formalydehide and ethelyne glycol (radiator fluid). Not so healthy. I you want a great book on all vaccinations (don't know if your interested or not)

Dr. Tim O'shea wrote

The Sanctity of Human Blood. Vaccination is NOT Immunization.

You can look him/it up on thedoctorwithin.com or google the book

Jaime - posted on 08/31/2009

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I got one while I was pregnant, and I had one the year before as well. I didn't get any side effects either time, but you never know if you will until you get the shot.

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