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Old Dec 26th, 2012, 13:06 PM   1
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Flu shot pros and cons and opinions


I realize this can be a touchy subject, so I just want to make sure to mention, this is for my information. Please do not turn this into a bashing session. I think it's a choice for each person to make individually.

OK! I'd like to hear people's opinions about whether or not to get flu shots while pregnant. My doc says he does not push vaccinations, except the flu shot while pregnant because preg women are esspecially susceptible to viruses. We are looking out for the baby, not just ourselves.

Please, opinions and/or research are welcome!



 
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Old Dec 26th, 2012, 19:01 PM   2
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It says on the flu vaccine insert that it's not tested for safety in pregnant women.



 
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Old Dec 27th, 2012, 06:49 AM   3
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Someone has asked the exact same question in first trimester. Read through that.



 
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Old Dec 27th, 2012, 10:58 AM   4
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I wouldn't get one but that is because of a personal history of allergic reactions, most people think that it's safe.



 
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Old Dec 27th, 2012, 14:00 PM   5
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My MW suggested it in second tri. I waited for second tri, and there's no flu around here so far, so I haven't gotten one. I didn't get one last year, either, when I was pregnant with my first baby. There was just no flu here at all last year, and this year's looking like it's the same.

I WOULD rush and get a flu shot if I heard anyone around here had the flu, but I've got several pregnant friends keeping an eye out for it, too, and nobody's heard of it anywhere within 100 miles of here. hehe



 
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Old Dec 27th, 2012, 14:26 PM   6
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I never got it with my other two, but opted to this time around. I did because my son is in school and he brings stuff home from school, and so I figured it was best to just get it done and be as protected as possible. I also had the kiddos get it and my husband got it. I never had an issue with it. I got it around 25 weeks I believe. So far, I havent gotten sick, but flu season doesnt kick in around here until January or so.



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Old Dec 28th, 2012, 19:48 PM   7
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I have the flu vaccine every year and had mine at 28 weeks pregnant this year. I had no side effects and have protected both myself and the baby against the flu virus, immunity which the baby will retain for up to 6 months after birth (especially if breastfeeding).

Although manufacturers will state that their vaccines are not tested on pregnant women, this is mainly to protect them against potential legal action. Lots of pregnant women have the flu vaccine every year with no problems.



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Old Dec 29th, 2012, 08:47 AM   8
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I have the flu vaccine every year and had mine at 28 weeks pregnant this year. I had no side effects and have protected both myself and the baby against the flu virus, immunity which the baby will retain for up to 6 months after birth (especially if breastfeeding).

Although manufacturers will state that their vaccines are not tested on pregnant women, this is mainly to protect them against potential legal action. Lots of pregnant women have the flu vaccine every year with no problems.
No, they have to state it because it's true. It is not tested for safety on pregnant women. We are *just* starting to research the flu vaccine and it's affects on the pregnant woman and her baby. While many women may have no reactions, many other women do. All vaccines carry risks.



 
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Old Dec 29th, 2012, 08:52 AM   9
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I haven't had it but I normally do. My reason being that I had it and the swine flu jab when pregnant with my son and he was stillborn at nearly 26 weeks. For me, it was an easy decision. Woman have gone hundreds of years without having it and have been fine. My mum had 4 healthy children and didn't have it. My sister had 5 healthy girls and didn't have it. I did however contract the flu 2 weeks ago and knocked me for six. I still don't regret not having it though

Edit: We were told the flu jabs had nothing to do with our son becoming an angel but for us it was not a risk we wanted to take



 
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Old Dec 29th, 2012, 14:25 PM   10
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I haven't had it. (But in all fairness, I've never received the flu vaccine.) The vaccination, as well as some others, have not been tested in pregnant women. In my opinion, it's hard to say that it's safe because women have been getting it without problems- unfortunately, it can take many years for problems to become evident due to medications or vaccinations.



 
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