Post # 1
At my last prenatal visit the doctor asked me if I wanted the flu shot. I had a cold and I told him that I wasn’t feeling well so he advised me to wait until I was better. I’ve heard various things regarding the flu shot during pregnancy-that it could cause birth defects etc, and I’ve heard many say that they are perfectly safe.
I know there are so many articles out there regarding this topic. I’m just not sure what to believe anymore.
Are you going to/or did you get the flu shot(thimerosal free) while you are/were pregnant?
Post # 2
I’ve never heard any risks of getting a flu shot while pregnant. My OBs office actually requires it for all pregnant women. I wouldn’t worry about it. Only the shot though, don’t get the spray.
Post # 3
The flut shot while pregnant will not cause birth defects.
Getting the flu while pregnant could, among other things, result in serious harm to mom and baby up to and including miscarriage. Pretty clear choice, if you ask me.
(Says the person who gives the flu shots 😉 )
Post # 4
It doesn’t cause birth defects. You would much rather get the flu vaccine than get the flu, it’s not good for you to be really sick when you are pregnant.
Post # 5
1112bride: I got one for the first time in my life when I was pg. I was always anti-flu shit. But the benefits outweigh the risks, by far. Plus remember that any immunities you have get passed to baby, so its really a double win.
Also, as someone who had the flu 2 times in my first pregnancy (no flu shot for me back then), I can tell you there is NOTHING worse than being pregnant and sick at the same time. I begged my ex take me into the pasture and put me out of my misery lol.
ETA: NOT flu “shit”, flu ” shot” hahahaha, I just made myself laugh way too hard 🙂
Post # 6
Definitely get the flu shot. I get one every year, and this year I am pregnant. I got it two weeks ago at 19 weeks pregnant.
Post # 7
Yes I definitely will get a flu shot. Getting the flu is dangerous when you are pregnant, as your immune system is compromised.
Post # 8
I work at a clinic and I highly suggest getting the flu shot. Of the past few years I’ve worked there and the hundreds of people that have gotten it there have never been any side effects. As well the doctors are giving pregnant people the flu-shot all the time.
I’m not sure if this works the same…
But I know the reason babies don’t need to be vaccinated their first few months is because they’re still protected through their mothers immunities. If you get the flu shot I’m curious if your baby would be that much less susceptible to the flu when born.
Post # 9
Absolutely get the flu shot while pregnant. DD was born during flu season, so it made me feel better knowing I had taken all the precautions I could. I also think it’s believed that getting the shot during pregnancy may help protect the baby more from the flu when they are outside the womb.
Post # 10
I agree and I will end up getting the shot.
what got me thinking about it was a friend that sent me this article http://vran.org/about-vaccines/specific-vaccines/influenza-vaccine-flu-shot/flu-vaccine-–-think-again/
things like that just put so much doubt into my head. Probably should just ignore it.
Post # 11
Anti-vaxxers make me ragey.
Post # 12
Ugh speak of the devil. Same friend just sent me this link:
I asked her to please stop as I’m a nervous wreck to begin with.
Post # 13
The flu-shot does not cause birth defects. The risks of getting the flu during pregnancy are MUCH greater than any small risks associated with the vaccination itself. It was a no-brainer for me – I got mine a few weeks ago.
1112bride: That website is an anti-vaccine propaganda site – for goodness sakes, they question the need for the MMR vaccine, and the polio vaccine! Ask anyone in your grandparents’ generation about polio and the miracle that the vaccine was, and then tell people spewing that kind of uninformed crap to shove it where the sun don’t shine.
Post # 14
1112bride: From that article:
“And what if you DO get the flu? Is it really the end of the world? Think about it. You can get the flu vaccine with chemicals, toxins, and flu strands that include the H1N1. You don’t know exactly how that will affect your baby and there is no guarantee you won’t get the flu. The other option is to decline the flu shot and take the chance of possibly getting the flu as well. With the latter option, your immune system naturally builds antibodies and becomes stronger on it’s own. No chemicals or toxins.”
Actually yes, it can be the end of the world for that person. There were 27 flu deaths in just my state last year, most of which happened to people 25-49.
Post # 15
I never get the flu shot period. And the one time I did I was sick for a month.