Post # 1
Went to my doctor last week for 20 week checkup and she said at appts coming up she would recommend I get a whooping cough (me + husband) and flu vaccine. As for the flu vaccine I’m due during the spring/summer so I’m not too concerned with it being flu season so I am 50/50. I just feel like I don’t know what additives they put in these vaccines and it makes me nervous esp since doctors push them so much. I will most likely get the whooping cough vaccine but I still have to look into it. Has anyone decided *against* having these vaccines and why? And for anyone who got them did you have any side effects?
Post # 2
I got the flu vaccine both times and was fine. I’d hate to be pregnant and have the flu. I was nearly 7 months pregnant when I got it the first time.
Post # 3
I’m curious to know why doctors pushing something scares you off? Geniunly, do you not trust your doctor? If you don’t trust your doctor giving you medical advice for whatever reason, I would strongly suggest seeing a new doctor that you do trust. If baby were to catch whooping cough (the risk for not getting babies immediate circle vaccinated since baby will be vulnerable for a bit)….well, I encourage you to look at the potential consequences as well when doing your research.
Some info on what additives are in vaccines and why:
Post # 4
my doctor didn’t mention whooping cough, but once I got pregnant I got my first ever flu shot. I got the preservative free one since it’s the thimerosal that you want to avoid during pregnancy.
Eta: getting the flu during pregnancy is super dangerous for you and your baby and can be deadly for either of you. Far more dangerous than any vaccine.
Post # 5
I have to agree with kkano. By all means do your own research, but why would you be MORE suspicious about something your doctor thinks is very important? Do you think your doctor would go out of his/her way to encourage something that would harm you or your baby? And if you think that, then why are you seeing this doctor at all?
Like others have said, I almost never get flu shots but chose to have one while I was pregnant. Baby is always slightly vulnerable at birth, and mum having vaccinations while pregnant can help baby with immunity until baby is old enough to have their own shots. I had a son in the NICU and saw first-hand what whooping cough can do to a baby, and it is devastating. I never again questioned the necessity of that vaccine after that.
Post # 6
I already got my flu vaccine and have had no side effects (aside from soreness at the injection area for a day). Since I’m pregnant, they gave me a different flu vaccine (not sure what the different one was though). My doctor highly recommended the flu vaccine. She mentioned that she’s seen a few cases of maternal deaths throughout her years of practice, and several of them were from mothers who had the flu…
I plan on getting the TDAP vaccine. Whooping cough is very contagious, and getting the vaccine during your pregnancy is supposed to help protect your baby after the baby is born (and before the baby is able to get the vaccine). Since whooping cough can be fatal for infants, I think it’s a pretty important vaccine for me (personally) to take.
I don’t want to be too preach-y, but I’m very pro vaccine. I think if you’re considering not getting the flu or the whooping cough vaccine, you really need to have a conversation with your ob/gyn so you can understand what the risks/benefits are. Doctors push them on their patients for a reason. 🙂
Post # 7
you’re due date isn’t really relevant. Flu season is going on right now, personally I would get the flu vaccine ASAP. Pertussis is also critically important- there have been a number of high profile outbreaks in the US in recent years.
Doctors “push them so much” because it’s kind of their job to try and prevent their patients from DYING or becoming seriously ill from preventable illnesses.
An OB pushing a patient to get vaccines that ACOG & CDC guidelines recommend during pregnancy, is like a primary care doctor pushing a patient to stop smoking or take their blood pressure medicine. It’s not like a dentist pushing you to buy whitening treatments. It’s driven by patient health and safety, not some nefarious money making scheme.
Post # 8
I got both flu and Tdap (whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus). They both made my arm very sore at the injection site. Other than that I had no issues. My baby is fine.
It’s far more dangerous to not get the vaccines and then come down with one of these illnesses, than whatever risks the vaccines pose (very little). If you’re allergic to eggs they have those without eggs added.
With Tdap it’s even more important because you are passing immunity to your baby after it (or should I say he! From your other post lol) is born through breastmilk while he is still too young to be vaccinated himself.
Post # 9
Doctors push them because they are important to keep you and your baby healthy – just like how doctors push prenatal vitamins.
I got the TDAP shot during both of my pregnancies and the flu shot during my winter baby pregnancy. Worst side effect was a sore arm for a day.
Post # 10
Have you ever had the flu? I’ve had it twice and both times I was bed ridden with a fever for days. The one time I had a 104* fever and oxygen in the mid 80s (95+ is normal) and had to be ambulanced to the ER for an IV. Can you imagine suffering that with a half grown baby inside of you? I’m pregnant now and I’m terrified of getting sick like that – I had the flu at my very first dr visit even though I’m due in May. Not worth the chance of something deadly happening to baby.
Post # 11
you need to look at what whooping cough does to babies. It’s not that big of a deal to adults, but to babies they can apparently cough so hard they can stop breathing. A few years back 9 babies died in CA from whooping cough. This shouldn’t be happening since it’s totally preventable with a vaccine!
Get vaccinated ASAP to protect your baby!
Post # 12
I’m not having a flu vaccine as I’m hyper sensitive to drugs and I’ve never had one so don’t fancy trying it for the first time when pregnant. I live in a very low flu zone area though and I don’t socialise very much. My midwife knows and is completely onboard with it as my reasoning is sound. However I will be getting the whooping cough one as that is more for the babies protection. It is passed to the baby in the womb and protects them until they can have their own vaccine. My midwife agreed that not having the flu jab is fine but the whooping cough one is important as it protects the baby. I have never had flu but I’ve come close with a severe cold plus chest infection and sinus infection and I wouldn’t fancy having that pregnant! If I didn’t have the problems with drugs I’d get the flu vaccine.
Post # 13
I get a flu shot every year. I got one the same month I found out I was pregnant (I got the shot after I knew.) I trust my doctors because they have more letters after their name and they went to school for far longer than I did, so if they’re suggesting I get or do something, I am inclined to believe them unless I have reason otherwise.
Getting the flu can be dangerous to your fetus. It doesn’t matter when you’re due, it’s to protect you from getting sick now. The whooping cough? Just google babies with whooping cough. Watch a video. It’ll scare you into getting the shot, because whooping cough is terrifying.
Post # 14
I personally wouldn’t. If you look up the package inserts for both, they state not to be given to pregnant women. However, doctors are now pushing these on pregnant women.
Stillborn and miscarriages are a possiblity after these shots. I’d do some research about this happening after those shots.
Post # 15
the doctor you link to is a psychiatrist. How is a psychiatrist better qualified to give recommendations for pregnancy than ACOG? Dr Brogan also apparently believes vaccines and birth control pills cause autism. She does not appear to be a credible source.