Flu shot?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m almost 7 weeks and already got one, even though I haven’t had the flu in years. I definitely figure better safe than sorry! Running a high fever when you are sick can be very dangerous for the baby. I read a bunch of stuff and asked the pharmacist to be sure, and the flu shot is safe for pregnant women in any trimester. You should just not take the nasal one because it is a live vaccine, the actual shot is fine since it isn’t live. Mine was totally covered by my insurance and didn’t even hurt. I’m glad I got it.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Flu during pregnancy is dangerous for the baby. Make sure you get the PRESERVATIVE FREE version. You might have to call around to multiple places to find it.

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

In addition to the virus being dangerous for the baby, imagine how it would be to be sick with flu like symptoms and not be able to take anything but tylenol and sudafed to relive the symptoms. Like mentioned above, I got the shot around 20 wks, it was painless and free through my insurance at Walgreens. Better safe than sorry.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@graygodess20:  I have not gotten mine yet and I am almost 8 weeks. My doctor said I do need to get it. I need to find a pharmacy that offers it. But I am defnitely doing it!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I was told to get it and just sucked it up and got it. I figure the risks are slim to none especially since I’ve never had an adverse reaction to any immunization before. However, if I get the flu the risks are a lot higher. 

I cannot imagine only taking tylenol with the flu. 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@graygodess20:  I actually posted a topic about getting one because I found some accounts from actual moms that claim that they had miscarriages from getting the flu shot. I was all worked up becuase I didn’t want one.

However, when I asked my doctor she said she wanted me to get one before it is dangerous to baby AND mama. She said last year there were more deaths among those pregnant women who didn’t get the shot. Whether than was an area-type study or something studied in pregnancy nation wide, I don’t know, but I took her advice and got one.

I had never gotten one before and only had the flu once in my life almost 6 years ago, but I sucked it up and got one anyway. As long as you don’t have an allergy to eggs, you should be fine. You can also ask for the flu shot without preservatives if you want to as well.

I’ll reference my old post from a while ago just so you can see how many women supported the flu shot for pregnant women. http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/flu-shot-h1n1-vaccine#axzz2mdntGTUV  Vermonster had the best advice with some reading material 🙂

Post # 9
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11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

Good post. I just commented on another thread that I have never had a flu shot before. Being pregnant now it looks like I have to bit the bullet. I’m a bit uneasy about it.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had never had one and I won’t again (unless I’m pregnant) but I did get one this year because I’m pregnant.

A fever over 101 degrees can be bad for baby, a high fever (over 103) can be lethal.  That’s why you’re not supposed to go in hot tubs either, so you don’t raise your core body temperature.  My understand is that this is the most dangerous aspect of having the flu while pregnant (correct me if I’m wrong).

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

When I went in for my first appointment I hadn’t had one yet and got one while in the office that day. The flu is extremely dangerous during pregnancy, so I am not taking any chances when it is such an easy thing to do. Also, I work from home so am not in public all of the time either and I somehow came down with it last year out of nowhere so I wouldn’t count on the being home for the most part thing. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper

My OB was very adament that I get the flu shot. So I did 🙂

I get it every year anyway but wasn’t sure this year since I’m PG, but she insisted. She said it’s very dangerous to both mom and baby if we were to catch the flu.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ugh I’m still on the fence. I am 12 weeks tomorrow and my doctor “highly recommended” that we both get it, but neither of us EVER get flu shots. I can’t remember the last time I even had the flu, and I’m seriously afraid of getting it and like so many people, getting sick and feeling like shit afterwards. I mean I don’t want to run a fever etc and pose any risks to the baby but, I can still get the flu even if I get the shot so I’m not sure if I feel like it’s that necessary.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

It’s not crucial to get the preservative-free version. If it makes you feel more comfortable, by all means, do it.

And you can get the shot at any time during the pregnancy. I’d do it sooner than later, though – flu season is upon us.

Post # 16
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5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Treejewel19:  Meh, after reading this stuff I guess I should too… 

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