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I am 6 weeks into my pregnancy. Is it safe to get a flu shot when you are pregnant?
I got one with my first pregnancy and had no adverse reaction. I'm having one next week, and I'll be a little over 12 weeks then. Your OB will probably strongly recommend it. I get one every year normally, but when I'm pregnant, I'll only get one from my OB.
This comes up once a day.
Yes, the shot is recommended for pregnant woman. Pregnant women are a high risk group. Pregnant women are more likely to have serious complications requiring hospitalization, and are more likely to die if they get the flu.
Or ask your doctor. They should probably have an opinion on this.
Thanks for you response. I did consult with my doctor but wanted to get a second opinion ... that's all. Please don't misunderstand, I do trust my doctor but it's just the "new motherly protection" mode that's wanting me to re-confirm/double check everything that I hear.
Yes they are and are in fact highly recommended for pg women. However, make sure you get the mercury-free version (which shouldn't be hard to find.) Chances are, your OB office will have it and can give it to you.
My doctor strongly recommended it but not until week 12. (I've also noticed this clinic's timing on pretty much everything is different from what I read on here. But as long as everything happens, I'm trying not to care.)
I've never had one before (no flu since 1990) but figure I'll do it this time. I also work with the state Dept of Health and they also just put out information on why pregnant women particularly need them.
tune2dev:Hey All Thanks for you response. I did consult with my doctor but wanted to get a second opinion ... that's all. Please don't misunderstand, I do trust my doctor but it's just the "new motherly protection" mode that's wanting me to re-confirm/double check everything that I hear.
you wanted a "second opinion" so you came to an internet message board?
Thank you so much for all your feedback. It has been very helpful. In addition to this, I had also contacted the nurses of some of the other well known ob/gyn in my area and this is what they all had to say
I highly recommend that if you are pregnant please get the vaccine from your provider since they will be preservative free flu shot.
Some useful websites on flu shots and pregnancy------------------------------------------------http://www.babycenter.com/404_is-it-safe-to-get-a-flu-shot-when-im-pregnant_2488.bc
So I have decided to get mine tomorrow from my provider.