H1N1

Melissa - posted on 11/30/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My OBGYN is offering the H1N1 shot but I'm scared to get it. Has anyone gotten it already? What does everyone think about it?

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Teria - posted on 12/14/2009

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i got the shot...still not sure if im happy with my desicion either. about 2-3 days after getting it i got a horrible cold...and have had it ever since. i got the shot about 2 weeks ago. i wasnt going to get it but my fiancee really wanted me to get it since i take care of a 3 year old 5 days a week. its your decision and if you dont get it that is completely fine.

Amy - posted on 12/14/2009

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I know it's been posted a while back, but I wanted to put a few things out there. I did get the H1N1 shot when I was pregnant, in the first trimester when I was about 7 1/2 weeks. I later found out that I had a missed miscarriage and the baby stopped developing around 6 1/2 weeks. I did a little research and found that some women who got the shot in the first trimester had miscarriages with in days or hours of the shot. I was 100% sure of my due date and just "know" that wasn't my cause. But in doing the research I did see some places that said you should wait until you'r in the second trimester to get the shot.

Personally, I don't think there's a "proven" connection yet. And if I were to do it all over again I would have still gotten the shot (someone at work had family that got H1N1, and knew several others who did as well). I thought it was safer than getting H1N1 as many women have also miscarried in the first trimester from H1N1, and also had serious health issues from it.

So, if your slightly worried, do some research on miscarriages and ask your dr about it.

Jessica - posted on 12/13/2009

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I got both the seasonal flu shot and after much back and forth the h1n1 vaccine. I felt fine afterwards and haven't gotten sick. I agree go to the CDC website and ask your doctor. There was a large influx of pregnant woman getting the swine flu in my area and my OB changed his mind and suggested that I get it.

Julia - posted on 12/09/2009

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Melissa sweety,
Do yourself a favor and disregard anything that Dr. Tenpenny says. That is a quack doc that is trying to make money. Go to the CDC website and learn about the vaccines that way.

The H1N1 and regular flu shot are manufactured the EXACT SAME WAY!!! There is no difference in the two of them except for strain of flu that is inside of the vaccine. Yes it is derived from eggs HOWEVER...once they extract the embryo it is sterilized so it cannot and does not have any traces of avian contaminates. YES most of the vaccines contain trace amounts of mercury...do you eat tuna? Because you will ingest more mercury from a can of tuna than you will from the vaccine.

The CDC gets its money for research from grants and in case this slipped anyones notice the director of the CDC is MILITARY!!!! Which means they aren't out to make money. And trust me if there is anyone out there who should feel like guinea pigs talk to people who are in the Military. Even though I was against the Anthrax vaccine I had 4 out of 6 of those because of the reports that the anthrax vaccine caused birth defects. I am currently pregnant with my 2nd child AFTER those and the ultrasounds look fine.

Melissa - posted on 12/09/2009

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was doing more research and came across this:

The Truth about the Flu Shot

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny



“By 1853, Parliament began passing laws to make the untested vaccine compulsory throughout the British Empire. Other countries of Europe followed suit. Once the economic implications of compulsory vaccinations were realized, few dared to disagree. Then, as now, the media were controlled by the vaccine manufacturers and the government, who stood to make huge money from the sale of these spurious vaccines.”… Tim O’Shea, D.C.



1. What’s in the regular flu shot?



Egg proteins: including avian contaminant viruses



Gelatin: known to cause allergic reactions and anaphylaxis are usually associated with sensitivity to egg or gelatin



Polysorbate 80 (Tween80™): can cause severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis



Formaldehyde: known carcinogen



Triton X100: a strong detergent



Sucrose: table sugar



Resin: known to cause allergic reactions



Gentamycin: an antibiotic



Thimerosal: mercury is still in multidose vials



2. Do flu shots work?



Not in babies: In a review of more than 51 studies involving more than 294,000 children it was found there was “no evidence that injecting children 6-24 months of age with a flu shot was any more effective than placebo. In children over 2 yrs, it was only effective 33% of the time in preventing the flu. Reference: Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy children.” The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2 (2008).



Not in children with asthma: A study 800 children with asthma, where one half were vaccinated and the other half did not receive the influenza vaccine. The two groups were compared with respect to clinic visits, emergency department (ED) visits, and hospitalizations for asthma. CONCLUSION: This study failed to provide evidence that the influenza vaccine prevents pediatric asthma exacerbations.



Reference: “Effectiveness of influenza vaccine for the prevention of asthma exacerbations.” Christly, C. et al. Arch Dis Child. 2004 Aug;89(8):734-5.



Not in children with asthma (2): “The inactivated flu vaccine, Flumist, does not prevent influenza-related hospitalizations in children, especially the ones with asthma…In fact, children who get the flu vaccine are more at risk for hospitalization than children who do not get the vaccine.” Reference: The American Thoracic Society’s 105th International Conference, May 15-20, 2009, San Diego.



Not in adults: In a review of 48 reports including more than 66,000 adults, “Vaccination of healthy adults only reduced risk of influenza by 6% and reduced the number of missed work days by less than one day (0.16) days. It did not change the number of people needing to go to hospital or take time off work.” Reference: “Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy adults.” The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.



1(2006).



Not in the Elderly: In a review of 64 studies in 98 flu seasons, For elderly living in nursing homes, flu shots were non-significant for preventing the flu. For elderly living in the community, vaccines were not (significantly) effective against influenza, ILI or pneumonia.



Reference: “Vaccines for preventing influenza in the elderly.” The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 3(2006).



3. What about the new Swine Flu shot?



A new report from a WHO advisory group predicts that global production of vaccine for the novel H1N1 influenza virus could be as much as 4.9 billon doses a year, far higher than previous estimates.



The report says that vaccine makers are expected to produce about 780 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine for the northern hemisphere’s 2008-09 flu season for the



June 12 Announcement:



The new H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine is going to be made by Novartis. It will probably be made in PER.C6 cells (human retina cells) and contain MF59, a potentially debilitating adjuvant.



MF-59 is an oil-based adjuvant primarily composed of squalene, Tween 80 and Span85.



All oil adjuvants injected into rats were found toxic. All rats developed an MS-like disease that left them crippled, dragging their paralyzed hindquarters across their cages.



Squalene caused severe arthritis (3 on scale of 4). Squalene in humans at 10-20 ppb (parts per billion) lead to severe immune responses, such as autoimmune arthritis and lupus.



Reference: Kenney, RT. Edleman, R. “Survey of human-use adjuvants.” Expert Review of Vaccines. 2 (2003) p171.



Reference: Matsumoto, Gary. Vaccine A: The Covert Government Experiment That’s Killing Our Soldiers and Why GI’s Are Only the First Victims of this Vaccine. New York: Basic Books. p54.



Federal health officials will probably recommend that most Americans get three flu shots this fall: one regular flu shot and two doses of any vaccine made against the new swine flu strain. Reference: Washington Post, Wednesday, May 6, 2009



HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is talking to school superintendents around the country, urging them to spend the summer planning what to do if the government decides it needs their buildings for mass vaccinations and vaccinating kids first. Reference: CBS News, June 12, 2009

Jennifer - posted on 12/05/2009

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Hey! this is such a hard desicion, I was faced with it and at first I was against getting it, I was scared about it and how new it is. So I did what I could do and researched it, after just a day of research I was amazed, there was so much infor on how much h1n1 could harm you and your baby! I didn't know that if you got h1n1 it could do tons of damage to the baby, it scared me sooo much, and there was no reporting of adverse side affects happening and I kept up with all the studies but it proved to me that it did more harm than good to not get the shot, I got me and my son vacinated and I'm so glad I did, my fiance got it and he was sooo miserable. Please research on your own and see the stats, it will help with your decision. I hope this helps you :)

Natasha - posted on 12/05/2009

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I didn't get the shot pretty much for the same reason as Jessica. I try to stay away from large crowds and I just practice good hygene. I asked my doctor and she said legally she has to recommend it but I certainly had a right to be concern. Since she didn't push it and she seemed like she supported my decision I'm sure everything will be fine.

Christi - posted on 12/04/2009

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I got my shot, but I am a mental health counselor and go into my clients homes. A few weeks ago one of the mothers I work with was ill and found out over Thanksgiving weekend that she actually had H1N1. I was in her home twice and met with her and her family in my office at least once while she was contagious and I did not become ill at all. the vaccine worked to keep me and baby healthy! I would totally get the shot.

Melissa - posted on 12/03/2009

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Thank you for your comments. I'm still undecided since they say the medicine if you get sick is not known how it will affect the baby as well as the shot itself. How can the medical community offer something they have no idea the effects on the baby will be. They have also ruled that it is illegal to take a law suit against those who make the vaccine in the event that something should go wrong in the future.

Jessica - posted on 12/02/2009

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well i just didnt get it because i really wasnt sure if it was safe for the baby... i just stay away from really crowded areas and used hand sanitizer constantly. im not sure if some people think that that would make me irresponsible but my doctor could not answer me when i asked him if they knew if it would affect my child's development or anything like that in the future. in my opinion i just feel safer without it.

Julia - posted on 12/01/2009

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I got mine. My doc is a high risk doc and made sure all of his patients got the shot. For me the benefits far outweigh the possible side effects.

Stefie - posted on 11/30/2009

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I got the vaccine and I got it for my toddler. This virus is very dangerous and strong. We are lucky to live in a world where we can protect ourselves from this horrible disease. Many pregnant women have lost their lives to this disease already. If you normally get vaccines and plan to have your baby get normal vaccines there is no reason not to get this vaccine. It is made the same way they make the flu vaccine.
After I got the vaccine my arm was a little sore near the injection site. That is a common side effect. I just told my husband he could not tickle me for a few days. Haha.

Desiree - posted on 11/30/2009

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I am 34 weeks and I got the shot last week. My OB highly reccommends the shot and she is VERY strict. So, I completely trust her. She explained to me that over 4000 people have died from the swine flu so far and a high percentage of them were pregnant women! That made my mind up for me as soon as she told me that. My hospital does not even allow anyone under the age of 18 to enter at the moment because of how fast it is spreading. I rather take a small "chance" of something happening then losing my life! Or my baby losing his life! My best friend is two months pregnant and she is also getting the vaccine.

Lauren - posted on 11/30/2009

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i got it. im glad i did. i dont wanna worry about being sick and everything that could go wrong if i did. i think getting the shot is a good idea

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