(Closed) flu shot while pregnant?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee

It is not contraindicated in pregnant women, so you should be fine as long as you do not have a severe egg allergy.  However, you definitely need to run it by your healthcare provider.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I organize the flu shot clinics for my work, and they are fine for pregnant women to take, but they usually recommend that you are at least 20 weeks along before being immunized, just to be safe.  Hope that helps! 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

Avoid the nasal spray that have live virus in it.  But the shot version should be fine but I’d definatley ask to make sure.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I am 6 months pregnant and BOTH my Ob/gyn and my midwife (we are doing dual-care) told me I need to get the combined flu shot. My work was offering it for free but they did require me to show a doctor’s note in order for them to give it to me because I’m pregnant. I was able to call my doctor and have them fax me a note right away. I had no problems with the shot – got it about 2 weeks ago and I felt fine.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I seem to recall that when there are shortages, the priority group for flu shots includes pregnant women – i.e., it’s even more important for you than for the rest of us!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My husband asked his friend who is a grad student and works with viruses. His response “if my wife was pregnant, she’d get one.” As long as it’s not the nasal version, it’s very safe and has no effect on the baby.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’d recommend getting it.  Last winter while I was pregnant, I knew of 3 women who were pregnant that wound up in the hospital very sick with H1N1, even on ventilators.

I got mine at 10 weeks and our baby is beautiful.  All the research shows that babies of moms who get flu shots do just fine.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have heard several of my pregnant and trying to get pregnant friends say that their doctors insist that they get one…

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t normally react well when I get flu shots, I actually get sick more often during flu season if I’ve had the shot so I’m opting not to get the flu shot again this year.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

 i never get them but everything I have heard says its pretty important for a pregnant woman to get one – you can get quite sick from H1N1.  I had one while pregnant.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m getting the flu shot (I’m at 11 weeks) but my Dr. told me to ask for the preservative free version (the perservatives are just to give it a longer shelf life)

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am not pregnant … but if I were I would get the flu shot (I get it every year since I work in NICU)

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

@Ms Mini: I do too 🙂  I got mine last week and I’m so happy that it will help protect my baby!  Now we’ve just got to get one for Mr. DG, but since he works at home and not in a fomite infested hospital, I’m less worried about him.

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