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

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 62
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412 posts
Helper bee

When i went to my reg doc to confirm my pregnancy they did it right then. I am wanting husband to get one though. Just lessens my odds more if he doesnt get it either. 

Post # 63
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Saying that you don’t need to get the flu shot because you’ve never gotten the flu is like saying that you don’t need to buckle up because you’ve never been in a car accident. 

Just because you’ve never gotten it doesn’t mean you won’t get it tomorrow. Getting the flu shot doesn’t guarantee you won’t get the flu, but if you do it will probably be milder- just like wearing a seatbelt doesn’t guarantee you won’t get hurt, but it can significantly mitigate potential injuries. 

The flu shot doesn’t keep you from getting sick at all, it just works on the influenza virus. So you can still get a bad cold and feel like shit, but believe me, it’s nothing compared to the flu. And it is true that the more flu shots you have, the greater your overall immunity to the virus. 

(source: I have a Master’s in Public Health)

Post # 64
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think it’s terribly sad what’s happening to this poor woman and her family.  I also think it’s terribly sad to blame her and lay fault with her for not getting the flu shot.  There’s no proof that getting the shot would have prevented this from happening either way.  The flue shot vaccinates against only a few strains of the flu.. and there are many many strains. 

So yes, it could’ve prevented it, but it also may not have.  Instead of blaming her, just pray for her… I didn’t read the article so I’m not sure what the outlook is for a recovery, but I’ll just hope for her and any other person suffering something similar that they return to good health

Post # 66
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

@MsJ2theZ:  I just wanted to offer you a few words of reassurance about feeling sick after getting the flu shot. Within 6 hours of getting one, I always feel like ass. But it’s a malaise that passes after sleeping it off– it’s nothing like getting the flu, and it doesn’t stick around. It makes my arm sore, I get some serious fatigue and sometimes achiness, and it goes away. Is it fun? Nah. But it’s not a big deal either.

Post # 67
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

What I find interesting is the amount of people here being so insistant on getting the flu shot when they’re pregnant but it’s sounding like you won’t get it if you’re not pregnant.  So you’ll protect your unborn child, but not someone else’s random child or old person?  How kind of all of you to put that additional risk out there.  Maybe you haven’t gotten the flu before, or think you have but it’s been just a cold.  I have gotten the flu and wanted to die.  Lucky me, due to an incompetant doctor that didn’t do the flu test correctly, also sent me to the ER because she though I had menengitus instead so I got to be a lovely pincushion for a spinal tap. 

Post # 68
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

@Ninteenthchance:   When you are pregnanty you are immunocompromised. Your immune system is suppressed to allow your body to be host to your baby, whose genetic material is half someone else’s. Without this suppresion, you would miscarry. With it, you are more susceptible to illness. Having a history of never getting the flu doesn’t disqualify you from increased susceptibility (and risk) while pregnant– this is the same reason there are a lot of food warnings for pregnant women. As we’re all adults here, we’re clearly capable of making our own risk assessments (I’ve eaten lots of things that “could have” made me sick but haven’t, because I deem it an acceptable risk– however, not getting the flu shot, I did not deem an acceptable risk), but I wanted to make sure that you are aware about immune suppression and pregnancy. It’s not just OMG flu — it’s OMG flu for a reason.

@vermonster: What you said, plus the immune suppresion thing.

Post # 69
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

This is just terrible. That poor woman. I got the flu shot early in the season when we were TTC, and Darling Husband got it the week after we found out we are expecting. But family members who are doctors told me recently that apparently, the flu shot isn’t working this season (in other words, the strains in the flu shot aren’t the strains that are infecting people) so getting the shot doesn’t mean you are necessarily free from risk this year, unfortunately. OB confirmed this when I went for an early checkup. Been washing my hands constantly obsessively since they told me that. Just goes to show that even modern medicine doesn’t have all the answers, it’s up to us to be vigilent and careful.

Post # 70
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Sugar bee

@cherrypie:  I’m aware. This is my second pregnancy through flu season and I have been completely fine thus far. I was speaking from my own experience

Post # 72
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785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@sxcwed:  I never had the flu shot before because I thought it was a priority for the elderly, immunosuppressed, pregnant etc.  Hearing about shortages each season made me think that I shouldn’t take a dose away from someone that needed it more. 

Post # 73
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@MsJ2theZ:  I haven’t gotten mine either!

I think it’s really harsh to make it seem like it’s this woman’s fault for not getting her flu shot. Things happen, it doesn’t mean she wanted this to happen. I’ve been told that long term testing hasn’t been done when it comes to flu shots and pregnant women so I’ve decided not to get one. My sister is on her third pregnancy and she also has never had one. I’m always washing my hands and using Lysol and sanitizer. I also am not working at the moment and am taking my classes online, so the only times I was nervous was my first trimester when I was in school and working. My doctor is okay with this decision. I don’t think it’s okay to judge people who don’t want to be vaccinated.

Post # 74
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MrsRichard:  Agreed! I also haven’t got vaccinated and no one that has been taking care of me over the past 18 weeks in my pregnancy (midwife, doctor) has even asked about it. I had the flu back around 14 weeks and was able to fight it off naturally, thankfully! I never get the flu shot, pregnant or not. In fact, being pregnant makes me want to have something foreign injected into my body even less.

Post # 75
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I have about 12 people in my group at work. All but three of us (myself being one of the three) got the flu shot. Not exaggerating– within two months of getting the shot– all nine people got the flu. The three of us who didn’t, never got the flu. Same scenario with several friends of mine. FI has never had the flu shot and has never had the flu. Not saying whether or not I’ll get the shot once I’m pregnant or not. But I’m definitely not a firm believer in getting it– it just never seems to do much for the people I personally know who do.

Post # 76
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

Wow, I had no idea you could even die from the flu in this day and age.  This is so sad.  🙁

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