Post # 1
I have been having people tell me that I’m going to have to get a flu shot bc of being pregnant… Why though? If i do end up getting the flu is it bad for the baby?? I’m just entering into my 7th week per my LMP… i have my first appt on Monday and I guess it’ll be discussed…
i do not work and the only time I’m around people is when I go grocery shopping once a week… Knock on wood I haven’t had the flu shot in about 10-12 years and only had the flu since…
Post # 3
I’m almost 7 weeks and already got one, even though I haven’t had the flu in years. I definitely figure better safe than sorry! Running a high fever when you are sick can be very dangerous for the baby. I read a bunch of stuff and asked the pharmacist to be sure, and the flu shot is safe for pregnant women in any trimester. You should just not take the nasal one because it is a live vaccine, the actual shot is fine since it isn’t live. Mine was totally covered by my insurance and didn’t even hurt. I’m glad I got it.
Post # 4
Flu during pregnancy is dangerous for the baby. Make sure you get the PRESERVATIVE FREE version. You might have to call around to multiple places to find it.
Post # 5
In addition to the virus being dangerous for the baby, imagine how it would be to be sick with flu like symptoms and not be able to take anything but tylenol and sudafed to relive the symptoms. Like mentioned above, I got the shot around 20 wks, it was painless and free through my insurance at Walgreens. Better safe than sorry.
Post # 6
@graygodess20: I have not gotten mine yet and I am almost 8 weeks. My doctor said I do need to get it. I need to find a pharmacy that offers it. But I am defnitely doing it!
Post # 7
I was told to get it and just sucked it up and got it. I figure the risks are slim to none especially since I’ve never had an adverse reaction to any immunization before. However, if I get the flu the risks are a lot higher.
I cannot imagine only taking tylenol with the flu.
Post # 8
@graygodess20: I actually posted a topic about getting one because I found some accounts from actual moms that claim that they had miscarriages from getting the flu shot. I was all worked up becuase I didn’t want one.
However, when I asked my doctor she said she wanted me to get one before it is dangerous to baby AND mama. She said last year there were more deaths among those pregnant women who didn’t get the shot. Whether than was an area-type study or something studied in pregnancy nation wide, I don’t know, but I took her advice and got one.
I had never gotten one before and only had the flu once in my life almost 6 years ago, but I sucked it up and got one anyway. As long as you don’t have an allergy to eggs, you should be fine. You can also ask for the flu shot without preservatives if you want to as well.
I’ll reference my old post from a while ago just so you can see how many women supported the flu shot for pregnant women. http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/flu-shot-h1n1-vaccine#axzz2mdntGTUV Vermonster had the best advice with some reading material 🙂
Post # 9
Good post. I just commented on another thread that I have never had a flu shot before. Being pregnant now it looks like I have to bit the bullet. I’m a bit uneasy about it.
Post # 10
I had never had one and I won’t again (unless I’m pregnant) but I did get one this year because I’m pregnant.
A fever over 101 degrees can be bad for baby, a high fever (over 103) can be lethal. That’s why you’re not supposed to go in hot tubs either, so you don’t raise your core body temperature. My understand is that this is the most dangerous aspect of having the flu while pregnant (correct me if I’m wrong).
Post # 11
When I went in for my first appointment I hadn’t had one yet and got one while in the office that day. The flu is extremely dangerous during pregnancy, so I am not taking any chances when it is such an easy thing to do. Also, I work from home so am not in public all of the time either and I somehow came down with it last year out of nowhere so I wouldn’t count on the being home for the most part thing.
Post # 12
My OB was very adament that I get the flu shot. So I did 🙂
I get it every year anyway but wasn’t sure this year since I’m PG, but she insisted. She said it’s very dangerous to both mom and baby if we were to catch the flu.
Post # 13
Wow ladies, you brought up really great (obvious) points that I didn’t even think of! The whole fever thing and it being lethal to the baby and all… Is it crucial to get the preservative free one? And is it safe at any point in the pregnancy to get it? (Granted I’ll take to the doc on Monday and see what she says). Thanks for all the words bees
Post # 14
Ugh I’m still on the fence. I am 12 weeks tomorrow and my doctor “highly recommended” that we both get it, but neither of us EVER get flu shots. I can’t remember the last time I even had the flu, and I’m seriously afraid of getting it and like so many people, getting sick and feeling like shit afterwards. I mean I don’t want to run a fever etc and pose any risks to the baby but, I can still get the flu even if I get the shot so I’m not sure if I feel like it’s that necessary.
Post # 15
It’s not crucial to get the preservative-free version. If it makes you feel more comfortable, by all means, do it.
And you can get the shot at any time during the pregnancy. I’d do it sooner than later, though – flu season is upon us.
Post # 16
@Treejewel19: Meh, after reading this stuff I guess I should too…