Flu shot for husband if I am pregnant?

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

@hotpinkbride:  I got one and my husband got one, too. I’m now 8 weeks pregnant. My husband volunteered (he also didn’t want the flu), so I’m not sure if doctors recommend family members get the flu shot as well….but I’m guessing they do since most doctors recommend that everyone get the flu shot unless you have had an adverse reaction in the past or have some other medical reason not to be vaccinated.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would have your husband get one. The shot isn’t guaranteed to protect you — there are many different strains of influenza. They try to guess right each year as to which strains might affect the most people, but sometimes they get it wrong. You can get a shot and still get sick.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

He should get the flu shot and tDAP when you’re pregnant.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Flu shots aren’t 100% effective, and if he gets the flu and you aren’t fully immunized there’s a good chance you would end up sick.  He should get it, unless there’s a good reason for him not to.  I’ve been told not to get them, and I’m in a high risk group, so DH is vaccinated to help protect me.  He used to get them when I was still capable of getting them as well.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would have him get one.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Our OB told us both to get one because he can still bring it home and give it to you. Unfortunately we’ve been super lazy about it and neither of us have gotten one yet  Embarassed

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@hotpinkbride:  Ah yes the Tdap as well, although your practitioner might have a preference on when you get it, you really don’t need it until the third trimester. It’s whooping cough (and tetanus and diptheria but mostly you need it for the whoop)

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@hotpinkbride:  It’s the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine. It’s to help prevent whooping cough.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand

I had DH get it. He fought me on it at first but once his mom volunteered to get it (she will be watching the baby once I go back to work) he realized he probably should lol.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@hotpinkbride:  My husband didn’t get it and we’ve been fine so far. Although, he’s sick with something nasty right now so hopefully I don’t catch it.

I told him he should consider getting it, but he didn’t want to.  It was fine with me. I’ve never gotten a flu shot and the only reason I got one is because I’m pregnant.  Even if you get it, there’s still a chance you can get another strain so I didn’t think the extra protection from him getting it was all that necessary.  Tdap is a different story though.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@hotpinkbride:  Tetanus, diptheria, pertussis booster.  Basically (in Canada anyways) people were not vaccinated correctly against pertussis when they were younger so it is reccomened that you get a booster shot. Pertussis is the whooping cough, which can be super dangerous for babies!

(by ‘you’ I mean in general, I don’t think it is reccomended for women who are pregnant to get a tetanus shot unless it is super probable that they are infact going to get tetanus without it) 

 

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