(Closed) Thoughts on getting a flu shot while pregnant

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My MW told me the flu jab was for me not baby and she had no reason to insist anyone has it. Surely if the risk to baby was great she’d have said something very different? 

Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I was a little hesitant at first too so I made sure to ask my doctor and they said, yes get one! So I did. Made my husband get one too for the first time… you cant get the baby sick!!

Post # 18
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I never get the flu shot. But I am due in February so I will be getting it this year.

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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mrsfox2015 :  If you get the flu while pregnant it would obviously be miserable for you but could also harm your baby. Just like a hot tub or sauna can be bad for the fetus, running a high fever for days on end can be very harmful. So it’s for both of you, really. 

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

If you live in a place where flu is common and have had the vaccine before then yes I’d get it. I won’t be having it as a. Flu isn’t common where I live and b. I have a medical condition that makes me overly sensitive to drugs and side effects. If I’d had the flu vaccine before and been ok I’d do it but for the first time while pregnant I’m not taking the risk. My midwife is supportive of it which is good. Speak to your doctor explain your concerns and go from there 

Post # 21
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Bee Keeper

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sweetchiquita12 :  Disclosure – I am not pregnant and don’t have kids, so take it for what its worth. But I would definitely ask your OB/GYN ASAP! I am one of those that the doctor says to go get the flu shot each year due to high risk of complications from the flu. So, I think it’s worth it to discuss with the doctor the risk/benefits and how to avoid the flu in addition to the shot if the doctor ok’s it. It’s really a decision for you to make with the doctor. If it helps I’ve had this years flu shot and zero side effects.

Post # 22
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I am 22 weeks pregnant and not getting the flu shot….but I never get the flu shot, so business as usual :-p

 

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I lucked out and got mine right before getting pregnant both times, but my OB did ask if I was planning on getting it because it’s important to. 

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Why anyone would opt out of a shot that could keep you, and therefore your baby, safe is a complete mystery to me.

 

Post # 25
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Worker bee

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MrsAKSkier :  I agree that it’s a good reason and I clarified my post. Also, while I respect the medical community (I have family members that have been saved by medicine), my doctors have been wrong before so I think it’s wise to look into any advice I’m given before making decisions about my health. In this case, I’m leaning toward getting a flu shot. 

Post # 26
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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foranotherworld :  Plus you will be protecting your newborn by protecting yourself.  Newborns can die from the common cold virus, and the flu is even worse.  You don’t want to potentially give your baby anything, so I know for me I will take the slight (minor) risks of the flu shot in an effort to prevent something worse from happening.  A newborn with a fever is a medical emergency.

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m 24 weeks and got mine last week.  I had called my OB’s office to ask their recommendation and they recommended I get the shot but they administer one that’s preservative free.  So I decided to get it at the OB’s office rather than through work.

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I view it from a risk-based perspective.

The risks of the flu-shot are minimal/unknown/undocumented. The risks of the flu while pregnant are very serious. The chance of catching the flu, as I commute daily in a crowded city, is definitely high enough to worry me.

So yes, I am definitely getting the shot. I opt for the Mercury-free version during pregnancy.

Post # 29
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

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sweetchiquita12 :  hey there, yeah I thought about you and your two sweet kitties too!  🙂  Well I’m sad to say I lost the little boy kitty about a year ago.  It was the absolute worst.  We had just gotten a third kitty a couple days earlier (sweet baby’s death was unrelated, and sudden), and so then a few months later we got a *second* third kitty.  So now there is the one original and two new.  They’re all fun and so different from each other, but I miss my sweet boy so much.  Give your little boy an extra snuggle for me!  Hope they’re doing well and congrats on the incoming baby 🙂

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

get the flu shot. pregnant women are on the list of people that are high priority to get the vaccine.

The harm in getting the flu while pregnant can be very dangerous. If your docs are recommending you get one, get it done. It won’t hurt your baby. It will protect your baby.

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