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Anyone getting a Flu shot?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I am not trying to open up a whole vax/anti-vac can of worms, but I want to hear where other people are at with this.

There is alot media hype about the flu epidemic, and that it is especially important for pregnant women to get a flu shot.

 

I have never had the flu shot. i have never had the flu. I have a pretty intense phobia of needles. The only thing that is making me consider it is recent evidence that inflammation during pregnancy increases the risk of autism. This article is a pretty good breif on the topic with a gorgeous illustration:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/26/opinion/sunday/immune-disorders-and-autism.html?pagewanted=all

 

What are other mama's thoughts?

post #2 of 12

That is a really interesting article you linked us to! Sounds like a complex issue and much knowledge is still emerging. Guess we need more parasites! (Except, please, no fleas. I could not handle those. Haha.) Related to the article, I have a coworker who has celiac disease and one of her kids has autism, so anecdotall that lines up for me. 

 

My midwife is pretty holistic and natural yet works within and plays well with the mainstream medical system, so for what it's worth I'll report back to you guys her take on the flu shot question after I talk to her later this week. But yeah, I'll admit to being influenced by media hype about the flu! Stay well, everyone!

post #3 of 12
I have something better than a flu shot: elderberry syrup. Flu shots have never worked in my experience and any time the media gets all hyped up about something I generally tune out. It is all about money: fear sells.
post #4 of 12

i have not gotten the flu shot yet with this pregnancy (although everyone else in the house has gotten it)  but i did with my first (with no observed harm to the baby who is now almost 6yrs old.)   i was a little more 'crunchy' with my second pregnancy and nobody had flu shots.  with that pregnancy i did get several illnesses that were 'going' around and felt that i was not immune to anything.    

 

my ideas on vaccinations are starting to change to be more accepting of them once again.  we had whooping cough in our house this oct and it was awful.  i also keep reading about how some of the inflammatory diseases (in later life like arthritis and neurological diseases) may be linked to childhood illnesses.  i know that my children will be exposed to bacteria/viruses and i want to support their systems when they are sick so that they handle the infections easily.  we do use elderberry syrup and gummies (unless there is puking involved.... oh my what a mess!) and honey to ease a lot of discomfort.   i am still a person who wants vaccines to become 'safer' and easily used.  i look forward to improved understanding of ways to strengthen our ability to handle the illnesses we are exposed to.

post #5 of 12
Well...also anecdotal, but half my family has celiac disease and no autism yet (in 25+ kids) I do get the flu shot and am comfortable with the risk.
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by talldarkeyes View Post

I have something better than a flu shot: elderberry syrup. Flu shots have never worked in my experience and any time the media gets all hyped up about something I generally tune out. It is all about money: fear sells.

so true... :)

post #7 of 12

My kids did NOT get the flu shot in 2010 when H1N1 was running wild, I was also pregnant with our 2 year old.  My oldest child DID indeed get H1N1 and I cared for her but no one else in the house got sick.

 

In 2011 everyone got the shot because L had been born a preemie and was only 8 months old and I felt it was best to protect her (yeah right!) and 4/5 of our kids DID indeed get the flu (including the 8m old preemie!!).

 

I took all 5 of my kids to get the shot this year, and I got it too.  At the pedi's office where they do single dose vials which do NOT contain the preservative Thimerasol (sp?) which is mercury based I *think* so they were all free of that.  At our old pedi's office they only gave that one to kids under 2 but here they (the pedi's gave me mine too) gave all 6 of us that one.  I only got it because this year it's supposed to contain 90% of the virus protection that's going around where as in past years closer to 30%.  On the other hand I know well over 30 people that (we live in a small town too) DID get vax and have all been very sick :( regardless of the fact that they got the damn shot!! but I really chose to get the shot because we're new to the area and I was concerned about the exposure to germs we aren't used to.  It also helps that I make my kids carry hand sanitizer to school, remind them to use it while there daily (I even buy cute scents so they enjoy using), tell them all the basics constantly (they think I'm nuts BTW) to wash hands, not to use other's things blah blah blah, at home we wash immediately after school, take off uniforms, spray backpacks with lysol every few days (outside), wipe knobs, remotes, and counter tops with lysol wipes.  I try very hard to disinfect our house frequently and with it being 82 degrees today I can open the windows to air things out as well.  And I have to do ALL of this for my sanity. 

 

With my pregnancy being so high risk I'm terrified of getting the flu this year too :(

post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Ruheling View Post

Well...also anecdotal, but half my family has celiac disease and no autism yet (in 25+ kids) I do get the flu shot and am comfortable with the risk.

I didn't realize that Celiac and Autism were related?!  I have Celiac and one of my 5 children has it too ...

post #9 of 12

I had never heard of a link between celiac in mom and autism in kid until I read the New York Times article linked above. I'm sorry I mentioned it initially, because I don't know how accurate it is and I have no additional info about it....  

post #10 of 12

I am pro vax (for some shots, not for others) and I did not get the flu vaccine. It isen't a very effective vaccine and I am especially nervous about any shots during first or second trimester when the baby is developing so rapidly.

During the big H1N1 scare of 2009-2010 I bought into the hype and recieved the vaccine as I was in the third trimester during flu season when the vaccine was available in my area. I was concerned about the risks of the vaccine adjuvant then but I was also concerned about potential health complications of the disease and so decided it was a calculated risk I was willing to take based on the evidence that was available.

post #11 of 12
I think everyone here has or hasnt gotten the shot for well considered, important reasons. I think it all boils down to which risk a person is more comfortable taking since neither option is perfect. I've learned some interesting things through this thread and there's definitely lots of food for thought. I hope everyone is able to avoid the flu bug and have a healthy pregnancy.
post #12 of 12

I've already had the flu, and a week later our whole family got the stomach flu.  I think I'm good for sicknesses this winter! 

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