(Closed) Thoughts on getting a flu shot while pregnant

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 61
42 posts
  • Wedding: May 2015

I have Kaiser health insurance, and when I went to get my flu shot I told them I was pregnant and they gave me a different one (not sure what aws different about it… I didn’t think to ask!). Maybe it doesn’t have the preservatives?

Either way, I get a flu shot every year regardless. My OB/GYN actually said that she’s seen a few maternal deaths during pregnancy over her years of practice… and several of them were due to the flu. That was definitely motivating enough for me to go get one a little earlier than I had planned!

Post # 62
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida

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sweetchiquita12 :  My Mother-In-Law is a NICU Nurse and encouraged me to get a flu shot. I live in FL and it’s still 80 outside I’m due at the end of January and my OB told me to get it in Nov/Dec becasue it will transfer to baby girl and protect her when she is born.

Post # 63
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I got my flu shot yesterday. I  didn’t want to take the chance of loosing my baby. When  I went to see my specalist friday because I’am high risk.My husband asked if there would be any complication with the shot or if it was reccommended.The doctor said  it was highly recommended .  They had a lady come in with the flu and she lost her baby at 25 weeks. It could make the mother very sick and kill the baby. If i was you I would get it because you can loose your baby over the flu. I’m sure you wouldn’t want that. I wish you all the best!!

Post # 64
425 posts
Helper bee

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sweetchiquita12 :  There is no reason not to get the flu shot. It will protect you and your baby, both while you are pregnant and after. Once your baby is born, s/he is going to be very susceptible to getting sick because her/his immune system has not been fully developed. During the first few months, s/he is going to rely on your antibodies that were transferred during pregnancy. There are also antibodies the baby gets through breastmilk, but the composition of those tends to be different.

Basically what I am saying is, if it were me, I would want to give my baby the best and fullest protection I could, which would include getting any necessary vaccines so that those antibodies are passed on during pregnancy.

Post # 65
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

When I was pregnant last year, I got a flu shot. You don’t want to get the flu pregnant, I promise. Newer studies showed particularly poor outcomes on pregnant women hospitalized because of having the flu. As long as it’s inactive, you’re fine.

Post # 66
4889 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

You may have already done it, but get one.

I have never gotten the flu shot ever (had Influenza B a couple years ago), and got it as it was recommended. I am 35 weeks now and got it at my 30 week appointment.

No concerns, and even though the strings change each year (which is why I usually don’t get it), I still felt it was needed. I hate shots, too. And actually, that one hurt worse than the tDAP one!

Post # 68
35 posts

For people who would like more information on the flu vaccines, please read this: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/flushot.htm

You cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine. There is no way that can occur because all of the vaccines (except nasal which is live, attenuated) either contain inactivated virions or viral proteins. Neither one of those can revert back to live, pathogenic viruses. You also cannot get the flu from the vaccine because the vaccine is injected into the arm and that is not the normal route of entry for influenza to cause pathogenesis.

From everything that I have learned, flu vaccines are safe for pregnant women given that you get the inactivated vaccine that is injected into the muscle.

Please educate yourselves before deciding to not get vaccinated, not only against flu but other infectious diseases as well.


Post # 69
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

HI Ladies,

I just got my BFP and I called my GP to book a MW appointment, then I aske dif I could come take the flu jab and she said not until I was 12weeks. That’s kinda surprising

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