(Closed) Woman on life support due to flu while 20 wks pregnant

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 18
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MrsWBS:  phew. yea it is a bit harsh. But we’ll never know if it could have prevented this from happening.

Post # 19
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

OK.. I’m 18.5 weeks and I know I need to get a flu shot but I NEVER do and I’m almost afraid to get one and then be hospitalized for it! UGh

Post # 20
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MsJ2theZ:  why are you afraid you’ll get hospitilized from a vaccine? do you have prior history of bad reactions?

Post # 21
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Sugar Beekeeper

THIS! Any pregnant woman should get a flu shot to protect against serious complications as soon as the yearly vaccine becomes available in her area advises the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Women can receive the flu shot at any point during their pregnancies, regardless of trimester, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


I see quite a number of ladies on WB that say they are waiting and my initial thought is why would you do that? I got mine at around 8 weeks and didn’t think twice about it. Our immune systems are compromised already and by delaying we are putting ourselves and our babies at risk.

It is sad that it takes tragedies like this to remind us that health information is constantly changing and we need to do our part to stay on top of current research that advises what is best for us.

Post # 22
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Sugar Beekeeper
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@Woodstock: I think it’s also interesting (and obnoxious and confusing) that the CDC recommendation is anytime (including 1st trimester) but many (at least my doc and the docs of my friends) recommend waiting until 2nd trimester.  I was specifically asked at Target if I was in my 2nd trimester (no clue what they would have said if i said no, 1st…)

 

Consistent information and agreement on what the standard should be is really important for consumers to make educated decisions.

 

 

 

Post # 23
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Bee Keeper
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@Woodstock:  Nope none whatsoever. I just never get the flu shot (I just prefer not to get stuff like that if I dont have to, and I have rarely gotten the flu) and everyone’s always like oh I always get sick when I get the flu shot, so that freaks me out.

I shouldn’t say hospitalized, I was over exaggerating. 🙂

Post # 24
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Sugar Beekeeper
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@Treejewel19:  People are waiting because their doctors are telling them to wait!

While yes, we as individuals need to take responsibility for our health and stay on top of current recommendations, there is a certain level of responsibility providres need to take in educating their patients, too.  

Post # 25
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Honey bee
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@MrsWBS:  I never understood why anyone suggests waiting until the 2nd tri. especially since you stated above the CDC recommends it for anyone in any stage of their pregnancy. Also that’s really odd that Target asked you if you were in your 2nd tri. I mean how are they to verify?

Post # 26
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Bee Keeper
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@MsJ2theZ:  The flu SHOT is a dead virus.  You literally can NOT catch the flu from the flu shot.  The MIST however, is attenuated *(NOT dead) and could potentially infect someone with a suppressed immune system.

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Woodstock:  

@MrsPanda99:  

This is true.  It may not have been the same strain as in the vaccine.  But!  She would have done her due dilligence and would have had peace of mind knowing she had done everything she could. 

Post # 28
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Sugar Beekeeper
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@Woodstock:  They advise waiting I am sure in large part due to their fear of litigation. 

Post # 29
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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I had the flu shot around 13 or 14 weeks, but that was before flu season was in full swing (early October?).  My Dr. would have given it to me a month earlier but she let me wait.

I think you can get it at any point.  You don’t have to wait until the second trimester.  CDC shows no risk of spontaneous abortion for flu shots given during first trimester.

Post # 30
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Honey bee
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@MsJ2theZ:  oh okay. you shouldn’t worry. A lot of what people say are exaggerated. Sometimes people catch a different strain of the flu, or they catch the strain they were vaccinated against, but the vaccine made it MUCH milder. Also like I said before, if you are exposed to it too soon (or before and you didn’t realize it) after getting your flu shot, your antibodies have not built up enough. Since I was in HS I think I’ve only missed the flu shot once or twice. Each time, the only ‘side-affect’ I ever got was a slightly sore arm. Oh and then of course there are the rare cases where people are allergic to something in the serum (ie people with chicken/egg allergies normally have to get special shots or can’t get it at all)

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