Who is getting a flu shot?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I don’t. I only got it one time and I got terribly sick. I have never gotten the flu since. If I was high risk (i.e. pregnant or elderly) then I may reconsider.  

Scientist bees, feel free to correct me, but I think it only protects against the previous year’s flu strain anyway. I’m more concerned about this year’s.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@SaraP2012:  I’m not preggo (yet), but I would, and I do every year.  Yes, it’s possible to still get the flu when you get the shot, but you cannot get the flu FROM the shot (the shot is an inactive virus, and that is what they will give to pregnant women).  And if you do still get a different strain (the flu shot is designed to protect against the strains of the flu likely to be the worst that year – scientists don’t always get that right, but it’s not just last year’s flu), it’s usually less intense than it would have been if you didn’t get immunized.

Anyways, I most certainly will when I’m pregnant.  Getting the flu during pregnancy is super dangerous – it’s not fun ever, but it can have really serious consequences for your baby.  Why not take such an easy step to help protect yourself?

 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

It protects against the current year’s strains of flu…obviously they have do some predicting on which strains they think is going to be the most likely to cause the flu but they may base their choices on strains from previous years.

It is also highly recommended that you get your Tdap vaccine as well, whether you remember when you got it last or not. It contains vaccinations for tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis. Babies can’t be vaccinated against this one (in the form of Dtap) until later in life and there have been a lot of pertussis (whooping cough) outbreaks because people chose not to immunize children when they were old enough, or because moms were not up to date on their immunizations during pregnancy and were not able to pass along the immunity to their babies.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

MMMEEEE!! I have to get one for work every year, but I would still get one even if work didn’t make me!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@SaraP2012:  I always get them! When pregnant, I made sure to get the PRESERVATIVE FREE version though. I had to call a few places, since my doctor didn’t carry it and ended up finding it at a CVS. If you have a pediatrician lined up, they might have it and you can ask them if you can come in for it. Flu when pregnant can be very dangerous for babies. I got my whooping cough vaccination in the hospital right after delivery, as my OB recommended.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I probably would because it’s highly recommended for pregnant women.

But otherwise, NO, I never have gotten the flu shot and have absolutely no desire to.

I’ve never had the flu and I don’t even get colds.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I always get mine, and I made sure to get mine as early as possible when I was pregnant.  Do the shot, not the mist, since the mist is an attenuated virus and the shot is a dead virus… meaning it can’t make you sick.  Also, make sure you get a preservative-free shot.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@SaraP2012:  The pregnant lady kind is the preservative free version. This is what was explained to me – Normally they have like 10 doses in a bottle so there is a preservative in it so they can put new needles in and draw out the dosage 10 times. Since they are going back into it and its exposed to air or whatever it needs the preservative. It is called thimerosal and has mercury, which is why pregnant ladies should avoid it. The preservative free kind is in one person portions so it doesn’t need the preservative in it.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

As long as you inform the doctor or pharmacist or nurse (whoever is giving the shot) that you are pregnant, they will give you one without preservatives and that doesn’t have the live vaccine. The types they give to pregnant women protect against the same 3 strains as in most of the other flu vaccines. If you choose to though, there are flu vaccines this year that protect against 4 strains of the flu virus (that would be okay for pregnancy).

There are new egg-less vaccines this year as well. Can your husband eat a lightly cooked egg or is he completely anaphylactic? If he can eat lightly cooked eggs, any of the flu vaccines should be fine. If he blows up in hives, then there is a new one called Flublok that has no traces of egg proteins but it might be harder to find yet.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@KitKatNYC:  I’m surprised your OB recommended you get the tDap in the hospital–my understanding is that it takes a month to kick in (although late is better than never). I got it around 24 weeks, I think. 

ETA: I got the flu shot during pregnancy as well, and my little guy got his last week (he is 10 months old now).

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Jess1483:  I thought so to, but I can’t remember what her explanation was!

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m 15 weeks and I got mine yesterday.  I went to Target and it was no issue to get the thimerosal-free one, as all of the shots were “single serving” and did not have the preservative.

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