Post # 1
I forgot to ask my midwife at my last appointment about getting the flu shot this year. I don’t know much about the combined H1N1 flu shot, but that’s what’s available in my area, and what my work is giving out for free. I have always avoided the flu shot, but I got it the last two years since I work with kids/teens.
Anyone have any bad reactions while pregnant? I have a call into my midwife, but just wanted to get some other opinions. I’m not anti-vaccine, but I like to have some info instead of just blindly doing what someone tells me to.
Post # 3
It is not contraindicated in pregnant women, so you should be fine as long as you do not have a severe egg allergy. However, you definitely need to run it by your healthcare provider.
Post # 4
I organize the flu shot clinics for my work, and they are fine for pregnant women to take, but they usually recommend that you are at least 20 weeks along before being immunized, just to be safe. Hope that helps!
Post # 5
Avoid the nasal spray that have live virus in it. But the shot version should be fine but I’d definatley ask to make sure.
Post # 6
I don’t think you could get me to take the nasal spray anyway. Live virus that close to my brain just freaks me out regardless of being pregnant or not.
I’ll have to make sure to ask about the 20 week thing. I hadn’t heard that before, but I’m coming up on it in a few weeks.
Post # 7
I am 6 months pregnant and BOTH my Ob/gyn and my midwife (we are doing dual-care) told me I need to get the combined flu shot. My work was offering it for free but they did require me to show a doctor’s note in order for them to give it to me because I’m pregnant. I was able to call my doctor and have them fax me a note right away. I had no problems with the shot – got it about 2 weeks ago and I felt fine.
Post # 8
I seem to recall that when there are shortages, the priority group for flu shots includes pregnant women – i.e., it’s even more important for you than for the rest of us!
Post # 9
My husband asked his friend who is a grad student and works with viruses. His response “if my wife was pregnant, she’d get one.” As long as it’s not the nasal version, it’s very safe and has no effect on the baby.
Post # 10
I’d recommend getting it. Last winter while I was pregnant, I knew of 3 women who were pregnant that wound up in the hospital very sick with H1N1, even on ventilators.
I got mine at 10 weeks and our baby is beautiful. All the research shows that babies of moms who get flu shots do just fine.
Post # 11
I have heard several of my pregnant and trying to get pregnant friends say that their doctors insist that they get one…
Post # 12
I don’t normally react well when I get flu shots, I actually get sick more often during flu season if I’ve had the shot so I’m opting not to get the flu shot again this year.
Post # 13
i never get them but everything I have heard says its pretty important for a pregnant woman to get one – you can get quite sick from H1N1. I had one while pregnant.
Post # 14
I’m getting the flu shot (I’m at 11 weeks) but my Dr. told me to ask for the preservative free version (the perservatives are just to give it a longer shelf life)
Post # 15
I am not pregnant … but if I were I would get the flu shot (I get it every year since I work in NICU)
Post # 16
I do too 🙂 I got mine last week and I’m so happy that it will help protect my baby! Now we’ve just got to get one for Mr. DG, but since he works at home and not in a fomite infested hospital, I’m less worried about him.