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

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 47
Hostess
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Sugar Beekeeper

@MrsWBS:  Again I said I don’t fault anyone nor am I blaming anyone, so yeah I don’t fault someone for not questioning what their doctor says. However, as I said this is a wake up call that we should…a gentle reminder that doctors again are human and make mistakes. I certainly don’t think anyone truly believes that their doctor gets it right 100% of the time. I am not naive enough to believe so.

@Woodstock:  Yeah it leaves me a little uneasy to say the least. Going from annual to every 2-3 years depending on your results…so what could be missed? Thankfully with normal results the answer should be nothing. We will see what modern medicines suggests in a couple years when it comes to women’s health.

Post # 48
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My dad is a pharmacist and my sister is a RN that works in labor and delivery, so obviously while I’m not an expert, I’ve talked to a couple of people that have a lot more knowledge than me about this.

I don’t have the article in front of me, but in my area, according to my dad, this year’s flu shot is only around 65% effective.  This year’s strain is particularly harsh, so even if you got the flu shot, you still have a chance of getting the flu, but you most likely will have a more mild strain that if you didn’t get it.  He also says that pregnant women can get vaccinated at any time during pregnancy – first trimester included – however, most doctors and women chose to wait until the 2nd trimester because the first trimester is when you are most likely to miscarry.

My sister has had several patients hospitalized because of the flu, and at least one has gone into premature labor that the doctors are blaming on the flu.

I’m not pregnant right now but I firmly believe in the flu shot.  The story that the OP posted really is sad.

Post # 50
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Glen Sanders Mansion

This is so heartbreaking.  I can’t even imagine what her husband must be going through. 

Post # 51
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I specifically asked about getting the flu shot at my first OBGYN appointment on Monday (I’m 6w today) and was told to wait until the second trimester, if the flu is even still a threat at that time.

This is really tragic and sad for this woman and her family, but it doesn’t make me want to run out and get a flu shot. 

Post # 52
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MrsWBS:  The recommendation to wait until 2nd tri is outdated. You’re right, it sucks that healthcare providers aren’t on the same page about current information.

Post # 53
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Regarding this topic and the quad screen tests mentioned by a PP, I’d be interested to see a breakdown of where this outdated information is still being dispensed by some practices. I live in a rural area with an average-at-best hospital and also heard all about the quad screen during my appointment – nothing about this sequential test or whatever it’s called. 

And frankly, I don’t really care or stay up nights worrying about the information I’m receiving. What’s meant to be will be, my body is meant to do this, yada yada. Maybe that’s just my zen side showing.

Post # 54
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@terpalum10:  Maybe it’s a Maryland thing! 😉 I don’t live in a rural area and was told the same thing.

Post # 55
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@BellaDee:  the article doens’t make it clear that the flu is what caused her to have the miscarriage, although they were probably related.  sad story.

Post # 56
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yes, get your flu shots people!  I had mine at 8 weeks and I’m so grateful that I did.  My Darling Husband got a horrible flu about a month later that had him out of work for a week.  I took care of him the entire time and didn’t catch it thanks to the shot.  I was one of those people that never had the flu shot before since I just never got around to getting one or thought it was worth my time.  My opinion has done a 180 since.  If you’re pregnant, why risk getting the flu?  Get the freaking shot already!

Post # 57
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’m annoyed, they have run out here.  I’m stuck on relying on others to get it and just avoiding the virus as much as possible.

Post # 59
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Sugar bee

I’ve never gotten a flu shot and I’ve never had the flu. The shot doesn’t protect you against every strain so she could have still gotten it.

Post # 60
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Washingtonian:  +1  I was thinking the same thing, along with the fact that it isn’t known if there are other pre-existing health conditions that made it worse for her.  Many pregnant women get the flu and don’t suffer nearly as awful a reaction. 

Post # 61
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@BellaDee:  My bosses are infectious disease specialists and say this years flu is the worst theyve seen in a LONG time. They had an otherwise healthy 25 year old male die the other day. So so sad.

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