(Closed) Flu Shots During Pregnancy

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 4
4228 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

You should. Pregnant women have a compromised immune system and are at higher risk.

Post # 5
2803 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Getting the flu while pregnant is more dangerous than getting the shot. I get mine next week, and I got it when I was pregnant with my first too. I know some people are adamant againt the shot, whether pregnant or not, but I’ve always been a fan of it.  

Post # 6
3900 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I used to do flu shots as a temp at a flu clinic (I’m a nurse) and we didn’t do flu shots for women in the first trimester (we recomend they see their doc) and didnt do it for babies under 6 months as well.

Post # 7
2251 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

OBGYN nurse here.  Definitely get the shot  asap, also have your SO get the shot himself and the TDAP shot for him when possible.  This way you protect yourself,  the baby and your family from disease.  I’ve had flu in the past.  It’s terrible!  I thought i was going to die, and was close to it, was hospitalized twice before I got better.  When you’re pregnant, your immune system works hard to protect the baby,  but does very little to protect you,  so if you do get sick,  it’s much worse. Maternal fever  can be detrimental to the health of the fetus, therefore you need to avoid getting sick,  and vaccinated asap.  Talk to your obgyn and get the shot. 

Post # 8
35 posts
  • Wedding: October 2015

I have a great immune system and never got the flu shot until I got pregant.  My obgyn highly recommend it and I had a friend almost lose a baby because she got the flu really bad and had a dangerous high fever.  I stayed healthy and have a health baby, I had no side affects from getting one. 

Post # 9
3003 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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Weddingobsessed:  I definitely got one and so did my husband. Just don’t get the nasal spray, since it’s a live vaccine. The injection is just fine. I had absolutely no problems with it (just a little bit of a sore arm) and now my husband, our baby, and I get a flu shot every year! Way better than getting the flu for sure.

Post # 10
6927 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018

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Weddingobsessed:  I got my flu shot last week. As far as I know it’s safe during pregnancy. Just make sure the one you get has no preservatives. I had no pain or reaction after getting it.

Post # 11
7976 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

It’s much more dangerous to get the flu during pregnancy than to have the flu jab. The last thing you want is to contract a high fever and harm the baby…

Post # 12
2551 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Be sure to request the preservative-free version.  I had to go to a few drug stores to find one that had it but it’s a higher category of drug for pregnant women. 

Post # 13
1550 posts
Bumble bee

I got mine in the first trimester (at 5 weeks I think?) and I had no problems with it. I was pretty resistant because I’ve never had the flu before, but I think it’s for the best!

Post # 14
9477 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

100% safe to get one and it is highly recommended.  worse things can happen to the baby if you get the flu.

BUT pregnant women should ONLY get the shot.  DO NOT get the flu mist.  the flu mist is live and the shot is dead.


Post # 15
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I refuse to get any vaccines while pregnant.  I somehow have it in my head that they can cause miscarriages.  I swear I’ve heard of multiple people having one soon after getting a vaccine.  Could be a coincidence, but personally I would be too scared to get one.

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