(Closed) Thoughts on getting a flu shot while pregnant

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 31
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Busy bee

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KitKatNYC :  I agree with this logic 100%. I’m 25 weeks along and got my shot a few weeks ago. I am going with the recommendation put forth by the Public Health Agency of Canada. They’ve done the research for me, and have concluded that it’s worth the risk. I wouldn’t put the decision in the hands of one doctor, because as we’ve seen by the previous post written by a nurse, even medical professionals are susceptible to individual biases. We’re all only human, after all.

Post # 32
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Helper bee
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I am 15 weeks pregnant and just got the flu shot, for the very first time, this past weekend. If there’s any time to get the flu shot, it’s while you’re pregnant. You’re so much more susceptible to the flu and all sorts of other things when you’re expecting. After I got the shot, I felt a bit woozy for about a day or so afterward, but now I’m fine. Even while I was getting the shot, the pharmacist was telling me how important it was that more pregnant women get one. 

Post # 34
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Sugar bee
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sweetchiquita12 :  I got mine at 23 weeks and made my DH get his too (along with an updated TDAP).  Pregnancy makes me sometimes feel miserable enough sometimes.  I can’t imagine adding having the flu on top of it.  

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I also got my flu shot 4 weeks ago for the first time ever. My doctor really recommended it, so I did. I got the flu earlier this year in February and I was MISERABLE. I did what my doctor recommended though. Also, I felt completely fine afterwards. My arm was a bit sore, but no sickness/wooziness, etc. 🙂

Post # 36
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Sugar bee
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sweetchiquita12 :  I would always check with your OB, but my sister who is a pediatrician and my Fiance who is an ER doctor both say it’s safe to get the flu shot during pregnancy.  I don’t know if it’s still available in other places, but the nasal vaccine – the one that contained the minute amount of live vaccine – is not available as it wasn’t found to be as effective as the injection.  The injection does not contain any live vaccine.

My sister and Fiance said a couple of years ago influenza was terrible.  My Fiance had several pregnant patients that needed to be hospitalized.  They both have to get the vaccine for work and I just got mine even though I’m not pregnant.  It can be deadly for the average person and I don’t think I would want to take the risk of getting the flu if I was pregnant.

Post # 39
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

I think considering the fact that you get sick 5-10 times per season (that’s very high) the benefits would definitely outweigh the risks. I’ve never gotten a flu shot and I didn’t during pregnancy but I haven’t had the flu in 3 years and that was back when I was working with the public and children. I’m also due in 3 weeks so I’m sort of on the edge of flu season I guess.

Post # 40
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Helper bee

I’m due in February and happily got the flu shot a few weeks ago 🙂

Post # 41
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m 34 weeks pregnant and had the flu shot at 29 weeks, as well as the Tdap. As others have said, we pregnant ladies have lowered immunity right now and need them more than ever! 

Post # 42
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m 29 wks and counting, I’d never gotten the flu shot before in my life, but when it was offered of course I got it.

I think people keep forgetting that there’s a really big difference between getting a cold/the common “flu” and getting influenza. So I read some of these comments and kinda shake my head at them. I had influenza for the first time ever early this year and it SUCKED BALLS. Very high grade fever for dayS, the sudden onset and the awful headaches. Even with powerful antibiotics it took me about 4-5 days to stop feeling feverish and honestly it took me like a month and a half to feel like my energy levels were back up to ‘normal’. So…a cold while pregnant? Meh, doable. Influenza though? I wouldn’t wish it on my high school frenemy who used to be my best friend until she dated both my brother and (ex) first love at the same time. 

#GetTheShotSaveYourselfAndBaby

ETA: thanks @MrsMellyBean for reminding me that I was on anti-virals, not antibiotics! 🙂

Post # 43
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Bumble bee

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MrsHarryDresden :  I 1000000% agree with what you’re saying. I was also one of those people who never got a flu shot, but did for the first time ever when we started TTC. I get making the choice not to get a vaccination if it’s just you, but once you’ve got a baby on board, I feel like the “I’ve never gotten one before and am fine” reasoning should go out the window. Side note: Why did they have you on antibiotics for the flu? 

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
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I personally would pass.  I think vaccines do more damage than doctors will tell you.  Please ask your doctor for the package insert to read before you get the shot.  

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/576425-what-to-know-about-flu-vaccines-before-you-get-one/

I’ve never had a flu shot and never plan to get one.  

Here is some info about the TDAP also.  The comments talk about the flu shot & the TDAP.  http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/tdap-vaccine-pushed-on-pregnant-women-despite-fetal-risks/

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Busy bee

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sweetchiquita12 :  I did feel a little crappy the next day, tired and a bit achey, but felt totally fine the day after that. And even those symptoms could have been coincidence! My husband and 16mo are getting theirs next week, so soon we’ll all be covered!

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