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

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 32
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@misshydra:  thank you for stating what I couldn’t figure out how to put into words (nicely that is)

Post # 33
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@DaneLady:  oooookkkkk fine lol

Post # 34
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Woodstock:  so I’m assuming I should still get it… better late than never?

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Thank you for posting this.  I feel so horrible for this family 🙁  Hoping that she can make a full recovery. At my first OB appt (4 weeks) at the beginning of November, I met with the midwife to have her answer some of my questions.  When I brought up the flu shot, and how I wanted to get it, as I do every year, she advised me to wait until my second trimester.  At my 10 week appt, I met with a different dr, and didn’t bring up the flu vaccine.  My third appt, at 13 weeks, I saw the midwife again, who urged me to get the flu shot, so I did so at 15 weeks.  I was unaware of the fact that I could have gotten it in the first trimester, so thank you for posting this.  I am kind of upset with myself for not doing my own research on the subject.  I could have protected myself way sooner 🙁

Post # 36
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Sugar Beekeeper

@MrsWBS:  True, I agree. But then again if you read the Mayo Clinic Book or What to Expect when you are Expecting it discusses the current information on flu shots. So unless a pregnant woman is avoiding these go to forms of information I find it hard to believe that they don’t have conflicting information if there doctor tells them to wait.

I’m not blaming anyone at all (not even remotely) just stating that this is a gentle reminder that doctors are human and sometimes they get it wrong. Sometimes they don’t bother to get the most current information and unfortunately their patients pay the price.

I recently saw that another bee was only offered the quad marker screening by her doctor which I’m not sure if you know is considered “old news” really as it only tests four genetic factors. The new options like sequential integrated etc test for six markers and is considered more accurate (according to Kaiser and what I have read). This is another instance where a specific doctor/office/hospital has not caught up with the current trend of medicine.

Post # 37
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MsJ2theZ:  Yes, like @Woodstock said, you shouldn’t worry!

Also, I can’t tell you how many people don’t know what the FLU is!  They think a GI bug is the flu and I have had more than 1 person tell me they got the flu (aka a stomach bug) after getting the flu shot. They are NOT the same thing!

Post # 38
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MsJ2theZ:  yes it wouldn’t hurt. plus if there are this years strains floating around next year, you’ll be vaccinated against that part of it already.

Post # 39
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

I always get my flu shot, but to each their own. This is a tragic situation.

Post # 40
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MrsWBS:  omg that drives me nuts!!! I hate that they termed it the stomach flu… when it’s not the flu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Post # 41
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsWBS:  +1!!!  It does surprise me that people don’t know the difference between the stomach flu (which is usually a norovirus) and influenza (a respiratory illness).   Thank you for pointing that out!

@BellaDee:  Could be that you didn’t get it soon enough, but it could also be that you happened to contract a strain that was different from the one against which you were vaccinated.  Also, you can still get the flu virus even after being vaccinated, however it will be MUCH less severe and shouldn’t last as long either.

@MsJ2theZ:  lol, yesssss get your flu shot!

Post # 42
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsWBS:  HAHA true, I had a 24 hour bug a few weeks ago and I certainly did not classify it as a flu!

In fact it’s been so long since I felt deathly ill I”m not even sure how bad the flu would be or feel. 

Post # 43
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Busy bee

honestly getting a flu shot could very well have done nothing. I never get flu shots, and I didn’t when I was pregnant with my daughter or this pregnancy. my doctor didn’t seem concerned at all that I wasn’t getting it either time. I’m a big fan of vaccination but the way they do the flu shot makes zero sense to me and half the people i know who get it end up getting the flu anyway. 

Post # 45
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Treejewel19:  Not everyone reads those books. I didn’t and I wouldn’t say I’ve been actively avoiding research and gathering information during my pregnancy.  I don’t think that it’s a well known fact that you can get the flu shot at any point during pregnancy and it’s certainly not a case of a few isolated doctors not keeping up with the times.  These are doctors at the most highly regarded institutions that I’m talking about here with my experience. If a doctor at hopkins tells me they recommend getting the flu shot in the second trimester, I don’t think you can fault anyone for listening to their recommendation and not questioning it.  They’re supposed to be the expert!

Post # 46
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Treejewel19:  the same goes with pap’s, the information on that is constantly changing. It was more than annoying when in the military, based on my history my gyno decided that I only needed to get a pap every 2 or 3 years.. .meanwhile the flight doc, completely out of date with his information refused to sign off on my annual physical because I hadn’t gotten my pap that year! (and he couldn’t do it b/c he wasn’t a gyn) I had to have one of the base gyn’s call him and set him straight. 

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