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  • Nope. I've never had one and honestly it didn't even cross my mind either time.

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  • Yes. My OB said to get one, so I got one!
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  • Yes.  I go to a university, and one of my classes was a computer lab (bug central!).  Last year 25% of the school was down with the flu, so I decided to go with the decreased chance this year.
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  • Yep.  My doctor recommended it.  DH and I had both been terribly sick the winter before.  DH with H1N1.
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  • I did before I got pregnant (the nasal), but I know many pregnant women who did (the shot). If you're pregnant you need to get the shot and not the nasal.

    I work at a hospital and it was a requirement this year, either get the vaccine or lose your job; only rare medical exceptions were granted.

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  • Yes. I wasn't going to, but then they said that swine flu might be back this year, so I got one. I did a lot of research into the different brands first, then called around to see what different places in my area offered, in addition to my doctor.
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  • Yes and I actually got it for the baby (I don't normally get one).  Since he won't be able to get a flu shot when he arrives (any time now - during a spike in the flu season), getting the flu shot while pregnant passes on some antibodies/immunity to him.  
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  • Nope. I am not planning on ever getting it. I was in contact with 2 people with swine flu, and didn't get it. They had the vaccine, and they got it. Funny how that works out! My LO is unvaccinated as well.
  • I get one every year including the year I was pregnant.  I asked for preservative-free, while I was pregnant and this year since I am BFing.  Not sure that it matters, but I figured less is more in situations like these.  
  • Yep. I worked in a hospital.

  • Yep.  OB recommended it.  I am a substitute teacher and was in contact with way too many germs to take a chance.
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  • Yes, I did with both LOs. With my first, I did it because my OB recommended it. With my second, though, I was in my second trimester when the swine flu hit so I did a bit more research. Being in one of the highest risk groups, I didn't want to take any chances but I was freaked out by all of the uncertainty around a new vaccine. By the time the vaccine was actually available, I felt like I'd sorted out most of the misinformation and ultimately I feared the risk of H1N1 during pregnancy more than the vaccine. Most medical organizations recommend the vaccine for pregnant women. As one other mama mentioned, there have been a few research studies which show that vaccination during pregnancy can help protect babies up to 6 months after birth.

    Not all flu vaccines are categorized the same for pregnant women, though - some are classified as Category B drugs and others Category C depending on the amount of testing completed. You can look up the current vaccine inserts online to find which drug category they belong to if you're concerned. And if you request the single dose shot, you can get it preservative-free. Preservatives are included in the vials to prevent bacterial contamination when a needle is inserted into the same bottle multiple times, but they are not necessary for single dose needles.

  • Sorry for the delayed response.  I've been down for the count these past days.  (not the flu though, haha!)

     

    I appreciate the feedback.  DH and I have been discussing what to do since we know it will come up at the first appointment.  I had noticed in my initial look-around online that a few women had doctor's who told them they shouldn't get the shot.  That worried me a bit.  

    Thanks for the leads on what to research (preservatives, categories, and such).  I'm going to look into that.  We're due in Sept., which seems like a flue-prone time.  But, I have reservations about the vaccine.  Neither of us usually get a flu shot, and DH is not a fan of them.  (interesting, I always thought, considering his medical background) 

     

  • No. I have never gotten a flu vaccine. Plus the flu vaccine isn't always affective... they play a guessing game at which strains are going to be prevalent each year and often times miss the mark, which is why people still get the flu even though they got the vaccine. 
  • NO! I never got it for any of my 3 pregnancies because I don't want to put anything "extra" like that into my baby while it's still growing. My kids have always been fine!!
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  • No, I'm only five weeks pregnant, but I will not get one. There is no guarantee with a flu shot that it contains the right variance of the flu that season. Also, if you go to the CDC website and what is in a flu shot, it is kind of scary. I understand they suggest it for pregnant women, and I know people working in a hospital are require, but it's not for me. I am a student in the health field and interacting with people who are sick all the time and I have not gotten the flu, but I know many people who have had the shot and then get the flu. To each their own, but I'm a no-go on the flu shot! 

  • Yes. After having an infant hospitalized with the flu, I'll do whatever I can to avoid that in the future for my family.
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  • I agree 100%, it's good to read things like this and realize I'm not the only one!

  • my OB told me to get one, i think its def a good idea. I got a preservative free one just to be extra safe

     

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  • Hello!

     This is my 2 cents on the subject. I did get the the flu shot just because my doc reccomended it for pregnant women (blind faith). After telling my mother that I did she flipped out and told me how its a bad idea and I shouldn't have done it blah blah blah...couldn't be undone so I didnt think anything of it. My mom, bless her heart, does a lot of research on the internet about health and vaccines and cancer treatments and so forth and she seems to buy into anything that says that what doctors are currently doing is "wrong".  My sister on the other hand is a doctor that is currently finishing up her fellowship so she is still green about everything and even though she is not going to the the ob-gyn field she did to a 3 month rotation in ob-gyn. It was very fun for her for the most part and even got to deliver a baby that belonged to one of her high school classmates, it was pretty special and she learned a lot.  She messaged me today and told me to do EVERYTHING my doc tells me to and not to worry about what my mother says (we both know she means the best though). And she fullly supported the fact that I got a flu shot because during that rotation she had two young mothers die of the flu in ICU shortly after giving birth. She said they tried everything that they could to bring them back but just weren't successful and to this day watching those two little ones lose their mothers still haunts her. (this was probably 3 or so years ago). She and I are NOT saying that if you don't get the flu shot you will die because obviously many haven't and are extrememly healthy and have healthy babies; but really talk to your doc about it. I've never had the flu shot before but I'm glad I got it now because of everything that I worry about, this is one less thing! But if I could possibly prevent at least one person from, God forbid, dying after giving birth...then that's awesome because everyone is different and our bodies handle giving birth differently.  She also said that ultrasounds don't hurt the baby and "for the love of christ GET AN EPIDURAL!!!" I believe were her exact words LOL! Obviously that's completely up to you but my main point is I'm sure this subject can be argued many different ways but in the end, for me, I trust what my sister says even before what my doc says because I know with all my heart she will not allow me to do something that could possibly hurt me or her first niece or nephew. So if she tells me to listen and do everything my doctor tells me to, including every vaccination he throws at me, then I will get a shot for any vaccine he wants me to.  :-) I hope that helps and once again I'm not saying that if you don't get the vaccine that you will die and it was probably one in a million that this happened, I just think that if it meant that much to my sister to share something that was hard to talk about, then I should pass it on to as many people who will listen with an open mind. :-) thanks and God bless!

  • Yes. Dr. recommended it, and hubby got one too.  Especially if you're expecting during flu season.  I think they only tell you to get it if you're in your late 2nd, or 3rd tri.
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  • I've never been pregnant when it's time for a flu shot. That said, if I ever am, then yes, I will absolutely get it.
  • I didn't get it when I was pregnant.  I did a lot of research and decided against it after reading the product insert guide for the flu vacine.  If you are interested read the product insert guide for the flu shot, you can find it by goggling it.  There are several different companies that make the flu shot and you can read the same in each.  Good luck. 
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  • I did not for either pregnancies even though this time i was due during flue season.

    Partly because its not guarantee but mainly because I haven't had one in years and haven't ever caught it. 

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    Hello!

     This is my 2 cents on the subject. I did get the the flu shot just because my doc reccomended it for pregnant women (blind faith). After telling my mother that I did she flipped out and told me how its a bad idea and I shouldn't have done it blah blah blah...couldn't be undone so I didnt think anything of it. My mom, bless her heart, does a lot of research on the internet about health and vaccines and cancer treatments and so forth and she seems to buy into anything that says that what doctors are currently doing is "wrong".  My sister on the other hand is a doctor that is currently finishing up her fellowship so she is still green about everything and even though she is not going to the the ob-gyn field she did to a 3 month rotation in ob-gyn. It was very fun for her for the most part and even got to deliver a baby that belonged to one of her high school classmates, it was pretty special and she learned a lot.  She messaged me today and told me to do EVERYTHING my doc tells me to and not to worry about what my mother says (we both know she means the best though). And she fullly supported the fact that I got a flu shot because during that rotation she had two young mothers die of the flu in ICU shortly after giving birth. She said they tried everything that they could to bring them back but just weren't successful and to this day watching those two little ones lose their mothers still haunts her. (this was probably 3 or so years ago). She and I are NOT saying that if you don't get the flu shot you will die because obviously many haven't and are extrememly healthy and have healthy babies; but really talk to your doc about it. I've never had the flu shot before but I'm glad I got it now because of everything that I worry about, this is one less thing! But if I could possibly prevent at least one person from, God forbid, dying after giving birth...then that's awesome because everyone is different and our bodies handle giving birth differently.  She also said that ultrasounds don't hurt the baby and "for the love of christ GET AN EPIDURAL!!!" I believe were her exact words LOL! Obviously that's completely up to you but my main point is I'm sure this subject can be argued many different ways but in the end, for me, I trust what my sister says even before what my doc says because I know with all my heart she will not allow me to do something that could possibly hurt me or her first niece or nephew. So if she tells me to listen and do everything my doctor tells me to, including every vaccination he throws at me, then I will get a shot for any vaccine he wants me to.  :-) I hope that helps and once again I'm not saying that if you don't get the vaccine that you will die and it was probably one in a million that this happened, I just think that if it meant that much to my sister to share something that was hard to talk about, then I should pass it on to as many people who will listen with an open mind. :-) thanks and God bless!

    I'm not trying to be snarky- I promise- but I would never take this advice. Good doctors respect informed patients who have well-researched questions. Good doctors take the time to listen to their patients and discuss concerns and options. Good doctors know that there is not a one-size-fits-all plan to healthcare (and I am not debating vaccines here- just healtcare in general).

    I understand that she is your sister and that is why you trust her immensely. What if your doctor recommends off-the-wall stuff that your sister disagreed with, but you didn't discuss it with her b/c she told you to do everything he says to do? What if you don't feel comfortable with a decision your doctor made for you, but you do it anyway and it harms you or your child in some way?

    I'm not saying you should ignore your doctor. I'm just saying that blind faith in a falliable human is quite naive. Do your own research. Be informed.

     

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  • wow, thanks for completly ripping my post apart.  you must be proud. thanks for your advice on the actual subject about the FLU SHOT.  I was just trying to help and you called me naive for listening to my doctor.  i realize it must be a crazy concept...but sometimes it works.

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    Yes. My OB said to get one, so I got one!

    This. With both pregnancies.

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    wow, thanks for completly ripping my post apart.  you must be proud. thanks for your advice on the actual subject about the FLU SHOT.  I was just trying to help and you called me naive for listening to my doctor.  i realize it must be a crazy concept...but sometimes it works.

    Ok- I did not rip your post apart, and I am not the one who veered away from the subject of flu shots. You did by giving a page-long post instead of simply replying, "Yes I did. I trust my doctor's advice."

    I did not call you naive for listening to your doctor. I said it is naive to have blind faith (YOUR WORDS)  in a falliable human. I specifically said that I wasn't telling you to ignore your doctor. What I am saying is have a relationship with your doctor. If you never question anything he says, how do you know if he is someone you can trust? How do you know if he current on research and medications? How do you know he's not some nut job?

    Haven't you ever questioned something your doctor suggested, or even wondered to yourself if something else would be better? Blanket statements like "Do EVERYTHING [your] doc tells [you] to" are dangerous. There are some real wackadoos out there.

    Again, I really was not trying to be snarky. I was trying to help you and the 700 other people who read this post.

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    image beano:
    Yes. My OB said to get one, so I got one!

    This. With both pregnancies.

    Dude! October! Congrats!!!

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    image OctoberBabyH:

    image beano:
    Yes. My OB said to get one, so I got one!

    This. With both pregnancies.

    Dude! October! Congrats!!!

    Hey! I am just seeing this now. Thank you! How the heck are you and the girls? I hope well!

    I have to hang out around here more often. It's kind of slow, no?

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