February 2013 Moms

Is anyone getting the flu shot while pregnant???

I am almost 18 weeks pregant and this is a constant battle in my head...should I? Or shouldn't I? I've read a lot of pros and cons about getting the flu shot, so I'm undecided if I should get it. My hubby & I tried for a long time to get pregnant and I'm scared that I might end up having a miscarriage from the shot (which I heard has happened). But at the same time we are pregnant during prime flu season. I haven't had the flu in 9 years and I NEVER get the flu shot. So what should I do?

 What are you ladies doing????

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  • My OB has advised me to go ahead and get it, and my doctor husband agrees that the benefits outweigh the risks.  I'm going to go ahead and do it - but I can understand following a different protocol or going with your gut on these decisions if you feel differently.
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  • I'm going to be asking my doctor on Thursday when I should get mine. It's better for you and for baby than not getting it. Also, the flu can be deadly to babies. If you get it when you're pregnant, your baby will have a lower chance of getting the flu in the time after it's born. (I just read this last week, but I don't remember where I saw it. Possibly the CDC website.)
  • I'm feeling the same exact way as you are and was going to post this question myself!  I have never had a flu shot before and the last time I had the flu was in 2002.  When I was pregnant with ds, I asked my doctor what he thought and his response was "It's totally up to you.  The flu in general sucks, and it sucks even more when you're pregnant".  lol.  I didn't get it because I was due in August and the majority of my pregnancy was not during flu season.  Worried this time though.

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  • I am definitely getting it.  When I was pregnant with my son, my doctor told me something that made me feel better about getting it:  the risks of something happening to the baby from the flu shot are less than something happening to the baby if you have a bad case of the flu.  Good luck with your decision!!

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  • My OB ordered it as part of my routine prenatal care. I got it 2 weeks ago...I was 15 weeks.

     

     

  • I got my flu shot about two weeks ago, at my last appointment. My doctor highly recommends it, "for my pregnant patients especially." I just followed her advice...but now you have me a little worried!
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  • The nurse gave it to me at my last appointment.  Of course she asked me first, but she said they strongly encourage it, as it will be safer for both me and LO.  I trusted them and got it last week, so far I have not encountered any problems!
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  • I got my flu shot at my last OB appointment. Honestly, I had not put much thought into not getting it since my doctor advised me to get it. I guess I trust my doctor a whole lot and believe he wouldn't do anything to put my baby at risk. However, you have to go with what you feel is right. If you are scared or think getting the flu shot will make you have more "anxiety" about complications then by all means don't get the shot.
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  • Yes, absolutely and without any doubt. Everyone in our home is getting our flu vax this coming Saturday. We are only getting the injected (dead) virus - our HMO strongly recommends not letting anyone get the live vax if someone in the home is pregnant. 

    It isn't just about keeping you from getting the flu, but also about being able to pass the antibodies for the strains you are vaccinated for on to your baby for temporary immunity through the season. The risks of getting the flu from the dead vaccine are extremely small, and the risks of spontaneous miscarriage resulting from the vaccine are even smaller. 

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  • Yes, I will.  I did with DS1 also.  Your LO can't get their vaccine until 6 months of age, so immunizing yourself will help protect them the rest of the flu season after he or she is born.

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  • I got mine at my 16w appointment. We also had trouble conceiving, so I totally understand your mindset. However, the advantages to getting the flu shot outweigh any possible disadvantages to me. This was only my 2nd ever flu shot, but I don't want to risk getting sick and possibly losing the baby (which did happen to a friend a few years back). The flu shot you get now will also help protect baby after they are born, when they are too young to get the shot themselves.

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  • Its mandatory where I work (at a hospital) that we get it.  I talked about it with my OB first and she was thrilled that I was going to be getting it.  She told me that it will have no affect my little boy now and even when I breast feed the antibodies will then pass thru to him so he will be immune once he starts breast feeding.
  • I got it at my OB's office at my 16 week appointment. 
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  • I got it last week.  I normally do not get it, but I would hate to risk hurting the baby if I got a bad case of the flu.
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  • I got mine at my 16 week appointment. Also, my husband is an ER doctor and he didn't have anything to say that would keep me from getting it. 
  • I will get the flu shot. I have asthma, so I get it every year anyway. Talk to your OB about the risks so that you can make an informed decision. 
  • Thank you ladies! I've decided to go ahead and get the shot! Thank you for your advice!
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  • Definitely getting the flu vaccination as soon as my office offers it, which should be in two or three weeks.  Pregnant women have been getting it for years.
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  • I got mine at 16 weeks at the request of my OB.  For the record, I never get the shot but did for this pregnancy.
  • I got it last Sept when I was pregnant with DS. I plan on getting it again this time around. Last year was the first time I'd ever gotten it but the benefits do outweigh the risks. Honestly though if I weren't pregnant I don't think I'd get it. 
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  • My MW's office requires it.  They won't let you in the office if you don't have it.
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  • I got mine last week at my OBs office.  She highly recommended but it is still a personal choice as to whether to get it or not.
  • No. I have never had the flu shot and neither has my husband or son.  I encourage you to do your research and feel comfortable with your decision.

    The mist is a live virus and not recommended for pregnant women, I would also recommend talking to your care provider about Thimerosal and what vaccines they use. I would want to read the product insert. 

    Here's a good resource. http://www.nvic.org/Vaccines-and-Diseases/Influenza.aspx

    Also, the CDC estimates about a 60% efficacy rate for the flu vaccine . . . Preliminary data for the 2010-2011 influenza season indicate that influenza vaccine effectiveness was about 60% for all age groups combined, and that almost all influenza viruses isolated from study participants were well-matched to the vaccine strains.  http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/vaccineeffect.htm

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    I have never had the flu shot and neither has my husband or son.  I encourage you to do your research and feel comfortable with your decision.

    The mist is a live virus and not recommended for pregnant women, I would also recommend talking to your care provider about Thimerosal and what vaccines they use. I would want to read the product insert. 

    Here's a good resource. http://www.nvic.org/Vaccines-and-Diseases/Influenza.aspx

    Also, the CDC estimates about a 60% efficacy rate for the flu vaccine . . . Preliminary data for the 2010-2011 influenza season indicate that influenza vaccine effectiveness was about 60% for all age groups combined, and that almost all influenza viruses isolated from study participants were well-matched to the vaccine strains.  http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/vaccineeffect.htm

     

    They won't give you the mist while prenant.  It will be a shot in your arm, and the virus is not active.

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  • Not me.  But for me every time I get the flu shot I get the flu.  So I'm not getting the shot.
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  • I did not last time, but will this time.  They expect the flu season to be a doozie here. 

    Per my doc, once you are in 2nd tri, specific vaccinnes, like the flu shot, are safe.  So, I'm getting mine next week when they have a clinic to administer them in our building.

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  • Not me.  The low efficacy rate makes it seem worthless to me.  We take other measures in our house to stay healthy during cold and flu season.
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  • My OB advised me to, so my next appointment I am getting one. I hate them though, I always have some sort of reaction/flu like symptom
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