(Closed) Flu Vaccine and Pregnancy

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I work for a hospital and they always suggest that pregnant women get the flu vaccine because pregnancy takes a bit of a ding on your immune system (and working in a hospital with immunocompromised patients it’s necessary as someone can be exposed to and transmit an illness they aren’t showing any signs and symptoms of).

I do know that the nasal flu mist vaccine is a weakened/deadened virus, not a DEAD virus like the injectable flu vaccine is, so if you do get one, make sure it is NOT the mist.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

Yes! Definitely get one. Pregnant women are effected by flu far more severely than non pregnant women so your previous flu experiences don’t really matter. Plus, each year it’s a different strand of the flu that makes the rounds so it’s impossible to know ahead of time how effected you could be by it.

I was nervous about getting the flu vaccine because I generally react badly to vaccinations (tetanus, hep b) but I spoke to one of my friends who is an epidemiologist for the state and she reassured me that unless I was allergic to eggs, I would not have any issues. If you are allergic to eggs, they give you the flu mist which has weakened but live strains of flu virus. Except in very rare cases, it is safe and a good idea to get a flu shot.

Here’s an article from Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/influenza/AN00651

 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@vintage2010:  deadened means weakened to the point where it is not likely to infect someone but with a depressed immune system it MIGHT develop into an infection.  Other live vaccines include small pox& chicken pox, tuberculosis, and MMR and should not be given to people with compromised immune systems (from a cancer education website).  Completely dead viruses can be introduced to a host in order to develop antibodies to the particular strain of virus without the risk of actually developing the infection.

 

Edit to add- “attenuated” also means weakened, so when reading up on any vaccines and you see that word, it means the virus is not completely dead upon being introduced into your body.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I struggle with this as well. Last year the hospital I work at started requiring all employees to get it. I make sure to get the preservative free dose, that has less mercury in it and stay away from the mist as a PP mentioned since that is a live virus.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

I would definitely get it. I just got mine at my 35 week OB appt. on Tuesday. And as a pp mentioned above, your immune system is weakened during pregnancy, so you are more likely to get sick.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I usually get a mild fever/aches when I get the flu shot so I skipped it one year. And BOY WAS I WRONG! I got the flu and ended up on the couch with a 100+ temp for 3 days. It was absolutely awful. (and very bad for a fetus to have such a high temp)

And my understanding is you immune system is much weaker when you’re pregnant so where you might not have gotten it in the past, you’re much more likely to get it now.

As a side note: my mom works with RN’s and they said that the likelihood is that I get the fever/aches with the flu shot because I’m particularly suseptible to the flu. I wish I had known THAT before I skipped the shot. Ugh!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I feel a teensy run down after I get one but I think it’s just my body developing antibodies to the virus.  Oddly enough, even though I do get my flu vaccine every year, more often than not I come down with a DIFFERENT strain of flu virus than the one against which I was vaccinated.  Ugh.  Why oh why do I work in healthcare???  GERMS ARE EVERYWHERE!!!!!!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Just today my doctor said that all pregnant women absolutely should get the flu vaccine (shot, not spray).  I never get it, but I will get it this year…just in case.  🙂

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Pregnant women should ABSOLUTELY get the flu shot unless they have a medical contraindication.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I haven’t gotten a shot in about ten years, and I never get the flu.  But I HOPE to be TTC soon, so I am going to get one this year.  

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

If your OB recommended it without qualificaiton, I’d get it.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I am not a doctor or a nurse but I have three children and never had any flu shots while pregnant. I had easy pregnancies. My children came out perfect. I don’t remember the last time I’ve ever had the “flu”. Good luck with that!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m pregnant and I’m not getting one. It only can potentially protect against 4 different flues. I’ve read a lot about the flu vaccine and decided that it’s not for me. 

http://birthamiracle.wordpress.com/2010/09/17/flu-vaccine-and-pregnant-women/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/10/31/flu-vaccination-epa-safety-limit-for-mercury.aspx

http://www.naturalnews.com/029760_vitamin_D_influenza.html

This one is about H1N1: http://www.gogreenstreet.com/h1n1-swine-flu-vaccine-and-pregnant-women/

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