Post # 17
I work in healthcare too and they strongly encourage it but it’s not required. I got it last year for the first time because I’m on medication that inhibits my immune system and my doctor strongly suggested it. Even if I weren’t pregnant I would be getting it, but given I am I won’t take any chances getting the flu. There are enough bugs flying around working at a hospital that I need to avoid, if the shot will help I welcome it.
Post # 18
I started a thread like this last month. My doctor wants me to get the shot. But I’m up in the air over it. Go check out my thread. Someone posted links to sites about the flu shot while pregnant.
Post # 19
Yep I did last year while pregnant. My doctor insisted on it. I usually get the flu shot anyway since we get it free at work
Post # 20
Yep, I’m 21 weeks and got my flu shot at Walgreens on Tuesday.
Post # 21
If you typically get one every year, then I would say definitely get one. I know they are recommended during pregnancy because it can be very bad for both of you if you end up getting the flu.
My dilemma is that I have never had a flu shot or the flu so I don’t want to end up getting symptoms from the vaccine >.< I work in healthcare (urgent care specifically so I am around plenty of sick people) and I actually rarely get sick, I think my body has grown accustomed to a lot of illnesses, or I just get lucky!
Post # 22
I just got one today from my Ob and they gave me one that is mercury free. I would talk to your ob first.
Post # 23
Thanks ladies, I am going to call the doctor and see if he will give me one on Wednesday. That way I know it will be preservative free.
Post # 24
I asked my OB office for the Thimerisol (sp?) free version and they didn’t have it. However, I work at a hospital that reqired everyone get a flu shot and when I asked about the preservative free one, they said sure, especially since I was pregnant. I think it’s important to get since it’s the only way the baby will have any immunity against the flu until she’s old enough to get the shot herself.
Post # 25
I just ran into this at work. There’s an obnoxious controlling beeotch in my office who kept badgering me to get the flu shot (she doesn’t know I’m pregnant but she is pregnant). Seriously bullied me for an hour. Come to find out, the shot given in our office was NOT safe for pregnant women. She was in the room with the nurse, sleeve rolled up, before the nurse even said “oh I’m not sure if this is safe for pregnant women”. This beeotch girl is 8 months pregnant and obviously showing. That’s why the nurse stopped before injecting her.
I was so livid when I found out!!!!! The nurse would’ve had no reason to ask if I was pregnant (not showing yet at 8 weeks) and probably would’ve given it to me, all because this fuxking beeotch can’t mind her own fuxking business!!!! I’m still mad thinking about it.
Post # 26
My OB gave it to me last year. I don’t usually get one but I did because I was pregnant. You are immune-compromised when you are pregnant and an illness is much more serious. Better safe than sorry.
Post # 27
I’ve never gotten one until this year and only got it because I’m pregnant. The benefits of the shot far outweight the risks of not getting one, IMO. I know a lot of people won’t get it and just say they’ll take Vitamin D, but there is evidence that Vitamin D doesn’t help ward off the flu.
Post # 28
I’m slightly freaking out about this because I just found out I was pregnant last week. I know within a day or two the exact day I got pregnant. They were having flu shots at work and I thought I was getting ready to start my period so I got it. Then I find out I was probably exactly 2 weeks pregnant at the time.
Should I be worried? I know they say to get the flu shot but aren’t pregnant woman supposed to have a different kind? I am so worried I’ve done something awful : (
Post # 29
I’m 6 weeks 3 days and I plan on calling my Dr. Monday to ask for one. I’m a teacher so I feel like I HAVE to protect myself, since kids are such germ-carriers! I’d love to just hop over to walgreens and get one, but I’d rather get the green light from my OB first.
Post # 30
I just got paperwork from my hospital that says they want pregnant women to get the shot after 20 weeks, but preferably in the 3rd tri.
Post # 31
I got a preservative free one….while I didn’t want to put anything unnecessary in my body, I know that the risks of having the flu while pregnant are very real. Plus, working in a school, that is usually the first place that it starts going around. Several teachers always get it every year. The last time I had the flu I was 16 and even at 16 and in perfect health, it took me FOREVER to get over it. I was literally in bed for over a week.
Sorry for the saga, I just have a co-worker that is very anti-vaccine and I guess I am just feeling definisve at the moment. Glad to see that I’m not the only one who thinks it’s important to have.