Post # 1
I’m 15 weeks right now. My OB asked me at my appointment yesterday if I would like to get my flu shot. I said no because I have never gotten a flu shot or the flu in my 24 years of life. My OB was obviously frustrated with my choice and asked why. I am not anti-vax by any means, but I am vax-uncertain. Just the thought of putting all those chemicals in my body for a flu that I’ve never had just feels wrong to me. Yes, I know that my immune system is low due to being pregnant, but what are the odds that I actually get the flu this year for the first time ever? There are so many studies that show both sides of vaccines as being extremely safe and also extremely harmful so it just puts me at a crossroad. I know that when my baby is born, I will get them vaccinated but while they are still in the womb, their life is just so fragile and I don’t want to do anything to harm them or me, which would in return harm them.
Right now, I’m leaning towards getting it at my 20 week appointment but I’m also worried about what will happen if I am allergic to the shot? (Unknown since I’ve never had it before.)
Anybody else been in this situation? What did you do? What was the outcome?
Post # 2
There are not legitimate studies that show vaccines being extremely harmful.
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2019 - City, State
Do what you’re comfortable with and what you think is best. Don’t let yourself be bullied into something.
Post # 4
I had also never gotten the flu shot before I got pregnant and I did get it when I was pregnant with my son. The flu can be extremely harmful for a pregnant woman especially, and while I felt ok risking myself (i’m fairly healthy and always felt that if I got the flu i’d be okay, hence no flu shot), I didn’t feel comfotable risking my unborn child. Therefore, I got the shot. Haven’t gotten one since, though.
Post # 5
I’m 16w pregnant, and I will be getting a flu shot. I also got one when I was pregnant with my first son; I was about 20w when I got it then. The flu is extremely dangerous for pregnant women and infants, and I will not risk my baby’s health if I can avoid it. Also, my due dates have been during flu season, and since newborns can’t have flu shots, everyone coming into regular contact with my boys had/will have flu shots. Obviously, that includes me!
Post # 6
I got the flu shot once in my 35 years. And that was when I was pregnant. Never had any issues with it, but haven’t gotten one since and neither has my daughter who is now 11. I also won’t be getting the HPV shot for her. And the one time she was tested for the flu, discussed Tamiflu with the doctor and refused that even if she was positive. The doctor seemed relieved and agreed with me! Said she was required to offer it as an option. Seriously??!??!! Not anti-vax but have done my due diligence. Also, never had the flu in my life and neither has she. I think risk vs reward comes into play on this one. The only reason I got it when I was pregnant was because I thought I was “supposed to.” Bottom line, go with your gut and don’t let yourself be bullied. My doctor was a dick and I credit that to my decision.
Post # 7
alex0310 : TBH actually getting the flu and having a high fever is going to be a LOT worse for you and your baby than any side effects from the flu shot. And your immune system is lower while you are pregnant. When is your baby due? Even a common cold virus can cause serious issues in a newborn baby or even death. And that’s just a common cold virus. Newborns cannot receive a flu shot, they need those around them to protect them. It’s about protecting you while pregnant and also your baby after you give birth by having those around them immunized when they are most vulnerable. You will also need to receive dtap shot later in pregnancy as newborns cannot receive this right away and they are whooping cough can be deadly for newborns.
FWIW, I had never had the flu shot before until I was pregnant with my first. I’ve never had the flu either. She is 4 now and I’ve had it for 5 years and also during my second pregnancy. Still never had the flu!! My 4 year old did get a flu shot last year and did get one strain of the flu but I think because of the vaccine it was very mild symptom wise. The only reason I knew it was the flu was because her fever (~100-101) had hung around for over 5 days so we had to be seen by the ped. The particular strain hung around longer than others. But it didn’t seem to affect her any more than a common cold virus. Obviously we did not do tamiflu or anything as she wasn’t too bothered by it and it was probably towards the end of running its course.
Post # 8
Getting the flu while pregnant can end with a hospital stay.
I got the shot while breastfeeding but had the shot before pregnancy. I would have gotten the shot when I was pregnant if I didn’t receive it before. I get the shot every year because I work in a hospital setting. During flu season, employees have to wear masks in patient areas if they haven’t been vaccinated.
While I’m sick of the vaxx hysteria (not calling you hysterical, just in general) I do want to see if the policy has reduced cases of the flu where I work
I am very pro vaccination but I do feel like the “shot or wear a mask” is a way to encourage the shot. That’s why I want to see if it has had an impact in my state or if flu cases remained the same
Post # 9
I was pregnant the year they ran out of the shots, right before my appointment.
I got the flu when I was 8 months pregnant. It was without a doubt the absolute worst week of my life. I was hospitalized. I was sure they were going to have to deliver the baby early. I barely cared- I felt so gd awful. I was almost hoping for it because then I could have anaesthesia. I was worried about baby- I was sure it was being harmed.
Anyway it passed and LO was born at term… i can not prove this is related to my illness but she catches EVERYTHING. Shes had hand foot and mouth 3x, viral infections, bronchitis 3x, pneumonia 1x…. and she’s 4. My older daughter is healthy as a horse.
even if they’re not related, the way I felt that week is enough for me not to mess around. All 4 of us get the flu shot every year as soon as it becomes available.
Post # 10
Thank you for your replies, everyone! I just needed reassurance from a few mamas that had been in my position. I’ll get the flu shot at my next appointment. (I’m due February 27th, for those of you who asked.)