Are you getting a flu shot in your first trimester?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I had a flu shot during my first trimester. OB recomended it

Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Not this pregnancy just because of the timing, but with my older daughter I got it at 5 weeks pregnant with no issues. I’ve seen a friend die from the flu, so I’m not taking any chances.

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I was advised by my OB to get it when it became available, so for me that was at 15 weeks. I didn’t have any adverse reactions, but I have received it every year for the past 10 years with no ill effects so I wasn’t too concerned.

Post # 20
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Sugar bee

I got a flu shot during my last pregnancy, mainly because I worked in healthcare and my employer required us to have a flu shot if we had direct patient care duties. Otherwise, we were forced to wear a mask the entire flu season. Many of my co workers had adverse reactions to it. Now that I’m no longer working, and I have a choice, I do not plan to get a flu shot during this pregnancy. 

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I didn’t for either pregnancy. Vaccines aren’t tested for safety in pregnant women. I’m not a lab rat. 

Post # 22
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Busy bee

Fall_In_Love22 :  YES they are actually…

I got one with my first pregnancy, and will when I get pregnant again.

As a physician, I’d encourage all pregnant women to do the same, as getting the flu during pregnancu can cause life threatening complications to arise for your fetus.

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

macpartyoftwo :  no, they aren’t. Read the inserts since you’re a Dr. 

here’s a screen shot of just a few brands.

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would, but got it prior to conceiving both times I was pregnant.

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I am required to get the shot by my employer (I’m an RN in an acute care hospital) so short of religious or allergic reasons, I’m mandated to get one every year. I got one early in my first trimester maybe 5-6 weeks along? No adverse reactions (other than irritation at the injection site I’ve never had any) and my NP agreed it was completely fine to get in the first tri.

Post # 26
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Busy bee

Fall_In_Love22 :  That is only one form of the vaccine, and given that the vaccine changes every single year, minimal human studies ever occur due to time constraints. The insert you showed here does however clearly state that the vaccine was tested on pregnant rats with zero adverse affects. Given how seriously the flu can affect a fetus, to me there is no question which risk is greater.

Anyways…OP, the shot has minimal risks, however comparatively, the risk to a fetus that is exposed to the flu is high risk for severe complications or death. I have always, and will continue to recommend the vaccine to expectant mothers who fall within the risk parameters.

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I got mine around 15-16 weeks and choose the preservative free one… I read the article about it possibly having an effect on miscarriages, however that was ONLY for women who had received the previous years flu shots as well. I hadn’t gotten the flu shot in over 10 years before then so I felt like it was a safe decision considering how horrible the flu would be while pregnant.. I work at a law office & have to make runs to the courthouse reguarly & thats just too many germs floating around when my immune system is already compromised… 

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

macpartyoftwo : 

See, your last post just makes your argument worse. Minimal human studies are done on flu shots since it changes each year. And you want women to inject this when their pregnant?!

Also, humans aren’t rats! Just because it didn’t effect pregnant rats, doesn’t mean it won’t pregnant women. There’s already studies showing an increase in miscarriage after a flu shot. 

Post # 29
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Busy bee

I got a flu shot during the third trimester because it was flu season. I get it every year because it is free and while it doesn’t protect against all strains, it is better than nothing.

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