Woman on life support due to flu while 20 wks pregnant

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

We’ve had two deaths in the past month from flu in our area.  Both were pregnant women in their 30s.  Get your flu shot!

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

That is SO SAD! I can’t even imagine being in her shoes!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Gosh that’s awful. I feel so badly for that couple. I’m always been wishy-washy on getting the flu shot each year, but got it 2 days after I found out I was pregnant, and man am I glad. 

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@BellaDee:  Very sad. There’s no guarantee though had she got the flu shot that it would have protected her against the strain she got. I really hope she is able to make a full recovery. 

 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve been hearing of awful cases of the flu this year. Like so awful many ‘healthy’ people end up in the ICU. I’m glad you’re getting your shot! I made sure I got mine back in October, especially since I knew we were going to try to get pregnant soon!

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Woodstock:  Me too. It seems like there’s something unusually nasty going around this year.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MrsWBS:  but isn’t it better that she could have drastically cut her risk down? and if you get the shot every year, you protect yourself against more and more strains against it. Also a lot of people who still get sick after getting the flu shot, catch it because they did not vaccinate soon enough. It takes at least a full 2 weeks after getting the flu shot for your body to build up it’s antibodies. I think saying, she could have gotten a different strain is a piss poor argument against the flu shot.

edit- I’m not sure if your prior statement was for or against flu shots! that’s why I responded the way I did.

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@MrsWBS:  +1. The flu virus changes every year. There’s no guarantee a flu shot would have saved her from this fate. 

I don’t get a flu shot normally but I will when I’m pregnant if my doctor recommends it. 

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

We’ve had 27 flu deaths in North Carolina this season. I’m so glad I got vaccinated during my pregnancy.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@BellaDee:  Oh my! Poor woman.

(I hope you aren’t increasing your anxiety by looking up this stuff. I mean that in a loving and caring way. Please don’t work yourself up any more than you already are. It’s ok to be informed, just try not to fret. Easier said than done, I know.)

My personal opinion is that the risks of the flu far outweigh any potential risks of the vaccine itself. I get vaccinated with it every year. And I do it in September or October and don’t wait until Dec/Jan. 

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Woodstock:  Oh no, I’m totally all about getting the flu shot while pregnant. I just think it’s kind of harsh to say well she had 8 weeks to get it and didn’t so it’s all her fault! She had every intention to, it sucks she had some shitty luck.  I didn’t get my flu shot until 24 weeks or so (in October). My doctor didn’t even have it available until I was 30 weeks along, so I went to Target before then to get it.  They hadn’t mentioned a thing about it up until the 24 week point for me. Even if they had, I doubt I would have run out the second I hit trimester 2 and gotten it.

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