Post # 17
@SaraP2012: I have never had one, and only had the flu one time in my life which was 7 years ago. Now that I am pregnant, if my doctor strongly encourages me I will get one, but otherwise I probably won’t. Last year the people who got the flu shot all got it anyway because it was the nasal mist one, the one that people rarely opt for, that were protected from the type of flu going around here.
I work in a clinic, but not with patients, so I am slightly torn at this point. I am going to leave it up to my doc to say something.
Post # 18
@SaraP2012: Never gotten the flu shot and never had the flu, but I’m definitely getting one since I’m pregnant. I currently have a cold and it’s absolute misery, so I can’t even imagine how I’d deal if I got the flu.
Post # 19
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
I’ve never had it before, but I got it for the baby. My OB hasn’t been forceful about much of anything (I’ve said no to most things), but she was adament that I get the flu vaccine. So I did. I’m no worse for the wear.
Post # 20
The risk from getting the shot (even the preservative-containing variety) is so much less than the risk of getting the flu. I’m 18 weeks and got my flu shot last week. The preservative-free variety is backordered in my area for some reason, so I got the regular vaccine with the preservative in it. There is absolutely no evidence the preservative is harmful. Get your shots, ladies! Keep you and your babies safe!
Post # 21
I don’t normally get the flu shot but I think I will get it now that I’m pregnant. I’m going to ask my doctor about it at my next appointment.
Post # 22
Hell no. I hate needles. I count on everyone around me to get one… so I don’t have to 😉
I usually don’t get sick *knock on wood*, and I’ve seen people get sick FROM the flu shot.. and still get the flu even after having the shot… etc.
Post # 23
I always get it and am definitely getting it now that I’m 13 weeks. We have a flu shot clinic at work coming on Thursday.
Post # 24
Public Service Announcement: It is NOT possible to get sick from the flu shot. For the people saying they’ve seen people get sick from the shot: that is a coincidence. Those people were going to get sick anyway; it takes two weeks for the virus to reach full protection in your body. It was not the shot that caused them to get sick because the shot does not contain any live virus, so it is not physically possible. (You CAN get sick from the nasal mist vaccine, because the virus is just weakened instead of dead, but you definitely can’t from the shot.)
It is possible to still get the flu sometime during the flu season even if you’ve had the shot, because the researchers are basically predicting what strains will be the most common (and some years they turn out to be more accurate than others), but it’s still fantastic protection, especially for pregnant women, for whom the flu in general and fever in particular is extremely dangerous. There are a lot of common misconceptions about the flu vaccine, so make sure to do your research from reputable sources before choosing not to get it. These are some helpful FAQs from the Center for Disease Control:
@cafrinB: I also got my preservative-free shot at Target, and my insurance even covered it. I’m pretty sure all Target pharmacies have the single-serve version! Just another reason to love Target! 😉
(Edited to fix wonky spacing.)
Post # 25
Never have, never will. I have also never gotten the flu.
Post # 26
I have had years where I decided to get the flu shot, and some years where I didn’t. I have no strong feelings either way, I just went when I got around to it. Since finding out a few weeks ago that we’re expecting, I will definitely be getting the flu shot as soon as it’s available.
Post # 27
I don’t plan on it. I never get the flu shot and I haven’t had the flu in like 5 years. I can’t imagine having the flu while pregnant and in class!
Post # 28
I’ve seen pregnant ladies die from flu and take their babies with them… Healthy, strapping, 20-something men wind up on ventilators hours after walking and talking like nothing is wrong. The flu doesn’t fuck around, and neither should you PREGNANT LADIES!
@MrsPanda99: there is a bunch of predictions that go into figuring out what 3-5 strains are most likely to be epidemic in the next flu season, so each vaccination is for multiple flu strains.
A lot of people talk about getting “sick” after getting the flu shot. While it is also still possible to get flu after the shots (even our best vaccines are on the order of 99.99% effective, which means not everyone gains immunity) most are probably talking about getting THE COMMON COLD or THE STOMACH FLU, which aren’t the same as influenza.
Influenza feels like your bones are breaking and your head is about to simultaneously implode and explode (from my one experience having it)
Post # 29
I got one at 8 weeks, it’s the preservative free one (no thermisol) which is recommended for pregnant women and children. I get a flu shot every year, and will keep doing so, I’ve never gotten sick from them. The one year I skipped (I got laid off and didn’t have insurance) I did get the flu, and it was aweful, I mean, laying in bed, shaking, aching, burning up, freezing cold, forget that! I would be so scared if that happend to me while pregnant. I have only had the flu twice that I can remember, and I had not had the shot that season both times.
Post # 30
I chose to get it. I usually don’t, but I really wanted to do what I felt is best for my LO. I’m due in February and with the weather as cold as it will be, I want to avoid all of that is possible.
Post # 31
@canarydiamond: there is a new version called intradermal that is just a tiny needle that only goes under skin not into muscle. Check it out.