Nice to see an MD who actually thinks independently of the "vaccinate everything that moves!" propaganda...
A doctor's explanation:pregnant women should avoid the flu shot
Thanks for the link. It is great to see doctors speaking out about vaccines. There are many experts out there, and this is one expert whose advice I would follow!
Yes, Wakefield was part of this study. So, why not recreate the study if Wakefield's isn't good enough?
I'm not entirely sold on the flu shot in pregnancy, personally. This flu season I will be pretty far along in my pregnancy and will have to consider it from that perspective, so I'll keep this information on hand. Though slightly off-topic, I am irked by her slight on my profession (pharmacist); her statement that people go to CVS to get a shot and don't even see a medical provider is false, as the pharmacist is the one to immunize them and a pharmacist is a medical provider. If I have a pregnant patient request a flu shot, I ask her if she has discussed the shot with her OB (and if not, I refer her back), and make sure she gets the preservative-free version (and don't immunize her if I don't have that version in stock). I screen all my patients for potential cautions or contraindications to the flu shot, and I find it insulting that this doctor in search of a pithy rhetorical twist opted to dismiss me and my profession. Anyway.
I have observed pharmacists at my local K-Mart giving flu shots without any such precautions. And when I did a telephone survey 2 years ago, thimerosal-free flu shots were not stocked by my local K-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, or CVS pharmacies, all of whom offered walk-in flu shots to infants and pregnant women. Target and Walgreens said they could special-order it, for more $, but they did not keep it in stock.
I do know a pediatrician who stocks thimerosal-fre flu shots. But I also know several pediatric nurses who mistakenly believe that ALL pediatric vaccines have been thimerosal-free since 2001--in spite of the fact that the flu shots they administer come from multi-use vials.