(Closed) Thoughts on getting a flu shot while pregnant

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Talk to your Doctor if you have concerns. People on the internet have opinions, your Doctor has a medical degree. 

Post # 3
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Worker bee

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sweetchiquita12 :  My friend is an ER nurse and she has had pregnant women come in with the flu. It’s scary. A couple didn’t make it…. Some had long lasting issues after and others recovered but you obviously don’t want to be that sick while pregnant. 

Talk to your doctor. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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Yes, you should get it.  Actually getting the flu while pregnant can be extremely dangeorus for you and the fetus (fever from the flu can lead to birth defects).  I think I will take my chances with the flu shot side effects (like a sore arm).  You have already had the flu shot without issue, there is no problem with getting it while pregnant.

http://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/influenza-and-pregnancy.aspx

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/pregnant.htm

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

Yep. I got one when they confirmed pregnancy. Of course it’s the “inactive” kind.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

It’s so much MORE important for pregnant women to get the flu shot than regular people!  Getting the flu can be very easily harmful or lethal for your fetus!  

If you want to know more, please seek medical advice from a professional rather than researching online.  The internet is full of crazy anti-vaxxers who don’t know or care anything about science.

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Sugar bee
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sweetchiquita12 :  You should get it. Of course you will find people on the Internet who are against it. There are also people on the Internet who think the earth is flat. I got it while I was pregnant the first time and I will get it again this time as its recommended. Just get the shot (inactive) and not the nasal spray (active).

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
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Personally, I would not, nor have I during my pregnancies (as a nurse I am required to get one for work, and I do every year but never while pregnant). Influenza vaccines are Category B or C drugs. They’ve never been tested for safety on pregnant women. The actual package insert states:

Safety and effectiveness of Fluzone Quadrivalent have not been established in pregnant women or children less than 6 months of age.”

“They’ve safely been given to millions of pregnant women” as the CDC states is not good enough for me. How can you say “safely” with no research, studies, or data supporting that? No one has ever done studies to see what happens to those women or babies following the administration of the vaccine. That is insane to me. 

In anticipation of backlash I feel the need to say, I’m not here to debate the safety and efficacy of vaccines and won’t be replying further. I have never seen that go well on the bee. I’m just answering OP’s question and moving on. She can do what she wants with the info. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
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sweetchiquita12 :  the flu shot this season does not contain an active live strain. The nasal spray ive heard does and that is dangerous. I am 21w & got mine after talking to my doctor. Having the flu while pregnant could harm you and the baby greatly. After hearing that, I was all for it. I’ll trust my doctor before people on the internet. Yes, some people could possibly have side effects from it, because nothing is 100%. Things do happen, but I would still rather take my chances with the shot. It also helps build up baby’s immunity. 

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee

My doctor gave me Afluria, an inactive flu vaccine. Personally I felt fine and so far my pregnancy has been healthy, I’m almost done with my first trimester. He said it was important especially because I was pregnant. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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I got it personally.

Post # 14
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Worker bee

My OB told me I would need one since I’m due in the winter. I’ve never gotten one before so I’m going to do my research before going ahead with it. Since getting pregnant, my immune system isn’t as strong as it usually is so I can see how it would be important. 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
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foranotherworld :  Having a lowered immune system while pregnant is an excellent reason to get a flu shot, since you are more susceptible to infections like the flu, which can be very dangerous for the fetus (for instance, if you have a high fever). Make sure the “research” you do online is from true scientific/medical websites. You should certainly read up on it if you like, but I would trust in all the research your OB has read and all the years of education in he medical field that he/she has.

 

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