(Closed) Thoughts on getting a flu shot while pregnant

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 46
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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peegee :  Flu season can run all the way through April though and we don’t see it peak until late December – January (traditionally).  You may want to think about it since you’ll have an infant at that time that will be too young to be immunized.

Post # 47
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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MrsHarryDresden :  Yes!! I couldn’t agree more! Many people say they “got the flu” anyway after getting the flu shot. While that could possibly happen, it would be rare. People often confuse flu like symptoms with the actual flu.  If you’ve gotten the flu you know there’s a huge difference between that and a cold with some flu like symptoms. 

Post # 48
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Bumble bee

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MrsHarryDresden :  phew 😊! Glad you’re doing better.

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Curlycupcake :  yes! I too think people confuse colds with the flu! As much as colds suck, they absolutely don’t compare.

Post # 49
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Newbee

I’m personally not getting the flu vaccine and I’m 12 weeks pregnant. I’m definitely pro vaccine and think vaccines help keep our communities safe but I chose not to do the flu vaccine on account of I always get sick after getting it. And not like sniffly nose headache type of sick but full on fever and out for days kind of sick. I was getting the vaccine for years hoping it’ll get better but it hasn’t so I stopped getting it a few years ago. I figured especially in this case getting the flu vaccine could possibly be more harmful than good. I have been taking extra precautions to keep my immune system up though like staying away from people I know are sick, eating foods high in vitamin c, getting enough sleep etc. 

Post # 50
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Get the flu shot.

People can have whatever opinions they want, but science is science.

Talk to your doctor (not the internet) for the facts. 

ETA: the flu is very serious. I have only had it once that I know of (it was swine flu, actually). I was out of work for a week (and not feeling like myself for much longer than that), bedridden, high fever, bad pains, trouble breathing, zero energy… I remember at one point after several days deciding I should take a walk around the block, and I could not make it the whole way. It is about the sickest I have ever been. I remember my sister video skyping me every day, very worried. It was scary. Influenza is not the same as a cold.  

Post # 51
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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stillme :  I had H1N1 once too and it was god awful.  I don’t remember ever being so sick.  It took me literally 2 months to fully recover where I felt able to exercise again.  It’s not something I would wish on my worse enemy.  I totally believe in being immunized.  Even if the vaccine is not 100% accurate, it’s better than not being immunized at all IMO.

Post # 52
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I am pregnant, in Canada, and happily got my flu shot yesterday. My arm is sore. I am fine. My baby is fine, and will continue to be fine.

 

Post # 53
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I got the shot. I had my baby in the dead of winter and my doctor gave the thumbs up.

Post # 54
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Busy bee

Sigh. 

1.) you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. The illness you experience is a common side effect that is not dangerous, you just feel crappy but protect yourself from ACTUAL major illness down the road. I had this problem with my flu shot this year and felt really bad for a day. Worth it. 

 

2.) they are required to say the effects on pregnant women and infants are not known because it’s difficult and unethical to do that kind of testing. NOT because they don’t think it’s safe or there are major concerns. 

Get the flu shot. For you and your unborn baby. It’s a tiny tiny measure you can take to avoid really severe harm. 

Post # 55
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

This thread inspired me to go get my flu shot today, which I had procrastinated on even though I get one every year (and have never gotten the flu!). I’m 11 weeks with my second baby. The cons are: I had to wait in line at the drugstore for 20 mins, it cost $15, and it hurt a tiny bit for about three seconds. Pros: I most likely won’t get the flu and risk miscarrying my baby or permanently damaging it, if I do get the flu it won’t be nearly as bad, and I won’t spread the flu to other people who are especially at risk (my toddler, my elderly grandmother-in-law, etc). I’ve never had a bad reaction to any kind of vaccine so to me this is a total no-brainer.

Post # 56
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m currently 24 weeks and will be getting mine. In addition to all of the reasons listed by PPs my hospital also has a policy that during flu season anyone who hasn’t recieved the flu vaccine has to wear a mask. I don’t really want to wear a mask while pushing so…

Post # 57
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sunnierdaysahead2 :  I survived the swine flu as well!! We should start and H1N1 club!

Post # 58
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Busy bee

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jetsetbee :  Adding onto this great post, what we feel from the flu as well, is ususally our immune system responding… that is what is responding to the flu shot as well. Therefore, the flu shot is working – aka building up our active and passive immunities for when we do get the flu!! (rant over).

I think we should make T-shirts that say “you can’t get the flu from your flu shot”

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

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sweetchiquita12 :  Thanks lady, yeah it was horrible (he was the BEST cat ever!!! I’d probably trade my other three for him.  Lol, that’s awful but hey it’s not like kids – you’re allowed to have a favorite, right?!).  But lots of happy memories, and I love my little pack of kitties now.  Hugs!  And go get that shot! 😉

Post # 60
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I am on the side of the fence that believes you should get it. At my ob/gyn’s office there are signs posted that flu shots are available for pregnant patients. I got one through work and all I had to do was tell them I was pregnant and they gave me a preservative free shot. So if you get one and it’s not at your OB’s office just make sure you tell them you are pregnant so they give you the right shot. But talk to your doctor and go with your gut.

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