Did you get the Flu shot before getting pregnant?

posted 1 year ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Did you get the Flu Shot before getting pregnant?
    Yes : (22 votes)
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    Helper bee

    Don’t stress about it! I have never had, and will not be getting, the flu shot. My brother and Dad get the shot every year and are the two who most commonly get it in our family. If you practice personal hygeine and maintain your general health you should be fine! The flu shot actually only protects against a few strains of the flu, while there are hundreds maybe even thousands of strains out there. Being young and my ideal weight with good levels of everything in my blood, my doctor actually advised me AGAINST having the flu shot last flu season (though I was not/still am not pregnant).

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    Bumble Beekeeper

    I didn’t get it before but I got it during, I think right around 20 weeks. I don’t normally get one but I did while pregnant. You’re immune-compromised already and the flu can be much more dangerous during pregnancy.

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    Busy bee

    We went and saw the OB 3 months prior to starting to try and then conceived 2 months later. He recommended stopping birth control, starting prenatals plus DHA or fishoil, and getting the flushot and HPV vaccine.  So I basically just did it all because he said so. I had actually already done the HPV.

    He said getting the flu while pregnant and possibly getting a fever is very dangerous for the fetus.

    The flushot doesnt completely prevent you from getting sick though! I think its just a good idea to keep some anti bacterial next to your desk and dont get too close to people anyway. I still do!

     

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    Bee Keeper

    It’s true thar avoiding the flu is important but I believe the seasonal flu shot does more harm than good.

    Look up news articles on “it wasn’t just ‘the Canadian problem’, after all.”

    I’m sure many people would automatically disagree wtih my stance but if you do your own thorough research (about 3 hours’ effort should be fine, not reading whatever the conventional opinion is and assuming it’s all solid fact), you can form your own opinion on the seasonal flu shot.

    I still would get a specialized shot for any serious epidemic flu that may happen, however.

    Meantime, I would take precautions to avoid the flu.

    Keep your winter gloves on when touching the gas pump, the shopping cart handle. At work, wash your hands with soap and water frequently. Learn not to touch your face habitually. Don’t hug sniffling people. Avoid crowds, like malls, when possible. Try to avoid sitting/standing near smiffling ppl, or their workspace, etc., for longer than absolutely necessary. Wash your hands and face as soon as you get home. If you were around a sick person or visited a hospital or school, take off those clothes right when you get home and put them right in the laundry basket. Eat very healthy, lots of fruit and veg. Sleep enough. Stay fit. Keep your stress low. Use zinc and ginger especially at the first sign of a throat tickle. Dress for the weather.

    I don’t get sick much, not even a cold. I know it’s because I’m vigilant like this. Yes, I hugged some very sniffly people on xmas, and no, I didn’t avoid xmas shopping at the mall, etc. … this isn’t meant to be rigid rules never broken, just follow them ‘as best as is reasonably possible.’

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    Bumble bee

    Never had the flu or gotten the flu shot, and I didn’t get one this year either. *knock on wood and fingers crossed* I’ve been having sinus issues (as usual) but that’s the worst so far. I work in an urgent care clinic, so I’m around sick and injured people all day, so I feel like I have a bit of an immunity built up.

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    Busy bee

    I don’t normally get a shot, but want to get one while ttc due to the fact that pregnant women are so much likelier to have complications, more severe flu, etc.  

     

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    Bumble Beekeeper

    My OB had me get one right away at 6 or 7 weeks. 

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    Bumble bee

    Didn’t get the flu shot, I never do. 

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    Bumble bee

    The flu shot is routinely “recommended” by health professionals during pregnancy, although as joya_aspera pointed out, the research is varied in conclusion and hand hygeine plays an important role.

    What I’m curious about, though, is why the doctor suggested to wait? Isn’t the flu shot (theoretically) most effective in protecting you in the height of the flu season? (ie. NOW).  Yes, it’s true that flu complications are most severe later in pregnancy due to decreased air exchange in the lungs, but a shot now would protect you for the duration of the pregnancy, and as far as I know, the strains don’t change until the next fall.

    Do your research to see if you think the evidence is sufficient for you to get the shot on it’s own merit. 

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    Honey bee

    I usually never get the flu shot but I want to do everything I can to avoid getting sick while pregnant, so I got it after my first trimester was over.

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    Bumble Beekeeper

    I am also making everyone that will be around the baby have the shot, personally- along with whooping cough. 

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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @joya_aspera:  I guess that’s nice that you can be vigilant like that… but keep in mind that’s just not a luxury all people have. 

    I never got the flu shot before, and I got the actual flu once when I was 13 and once two years ago, so I figure that’s not bad.  And I definitely have a job that I’m touching sick people and having them actively spit/bite/throw bodily fluds at me, have to go to the hospital all the time, and I can’t just stay out of the mall/arenas/other dirty places.  I go wherever my clients require service, so it’s just not that simple. 

    I got it this year because we were actively TTC, and had the shot about two months before I got pregnant.  So far so good, but who knows if I would have gotten it anyway.  I wasn’t due :P

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    Bumble bee

    @SamanthaLovesJames:  my doctor told me the complete opposite and said that getting the flu during pregnancy could be more dangerous and that the shot is perfectly safe. I got it when I was around 6 weeks. 

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