Is it ok to get a flu shot while nursing?

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Michelle - posted on 10/11/2009

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I thought I had better double check what I said and I am right. The flu shot is not live virus. Just the inhaled one is (and that's the one breast feeding mothers shouldn't have).

Injected Vaccine

The injected flu vaccine is made from a killed influenza virus and does not cause flu symptoms. The most common side effects from the injected vaccine are soreness at the injection site and feeling tired.

FluMist, Nasal Flu Vaccine

The nasal flu vaccine is made from several different types of weakened live influenza viruses. People vaccinated with this type of vaccine are more likely to have minor flu-like symptoms. You may experience a slight fever, tiredness or achiness and possible minor upper respiratory problems. These side effects should disappear within a few days.

http://coldflu.about.com/od/vaccines/qt/...

Michelle - posted on 10/08/2009

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If you get an injection they use dead virus for the flu anyway. It's the inhaled one that uses live virus.

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User - posted on 10/15/2009

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I got the flumist the other day and I breastfeed. My dr told me it was ok. I dont have a choice on the mist or the shot since I am on a military base and they only give you the mist. I blew my nose when I got to the car without thinking....lol.

Jennifer - posted on 10/08/2009

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i am against all live virus vaccines so i am going to say no to the vaccine

Michelle - posted on 10/07/2009

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yes it is. I've done it with my son while I was pregnant with my daughter. Glad to just be breastfeeding my daughter this time. Make sure where ever you get it knows you're breast feeding so you get the right kind.

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