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Flu Shot

post #1 of 29
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Hi!

I'm new to the group - just found out about mothering.com from a friend. Looks like a great site!

So I had an appointment with my OBGYN today, I got a huge guilt trip about having reservations about the flu shot. I have just been hearing some bad stuff about it from homeopathic friends. Has anyone decided whether or not they are getting it?

Thanks!
post #2 of 29
Will not be getting it.
post #3 of 29

I'm getting it.  I have a generally positive attitude towards vaccinations, however.  :) 

 

I got it with DS as well.  Pregnancy and flu aren't a good combination - for mom and especially not for baby.  And while flu shots are far from perfect, I'll take what I can get to minimize my chances of getting it.

post #4 of 29

I don't get them because the only time I've gotten the flu in the last 15 years was when I got the vaccine -- same with my husband. 

 

It's worth mentioning, though, that if you do plan to get it -- get the shot and not the nasal spray.  The nasal one is contraindicated for pregnant folk. 

post #5 of 29

I will definitely not get it. The flu vaccine is grossly ineffective and studies conducted on its safety and efficacy have generally been of poor quality. 

 

http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/876/84/

 

By the way if your doctor is laying guilt trips on you or making you feel intimidated (not sure if this is the case), I would search for a new health care provider. I want a doctor who will CARE for me and even if we disagree, respect my right to choose. Even if I decide to do something completely unhealthy or against the doctor's belief system/advice, a good physician can and should make their point without emotional manipulation. 

post #6 of 29

Never. Never EVER.

post #7 of 29

Nope! I won't be getting it! If you don't want to get it, don't let them guilt you into getting it! 

post #8 of 29
I'll be getting one, and so will my 2 yo and my husband. January is such a buggy time, I don't want the new lo getting sick or our household getting ill if possible. I'll also be getting a 3rd trimester whooping cough booster.
post #9 of 29

Nope not getting it and any of the providers that I've chosen in the past 4 years are the type that even if they disagree with something they voice the facts they believe and respectfully accept what I've chosen. Hope that helps.

post #10 of 29

Nope, no one in our house will be getting the flu shot (or spray) this year or any year. We focus on other, more effective ways to strengthen our immune systems to withstand not only the flu, but other illnesses as well. This means:

 

Eating a diet rich in vitamins A & D

Eating lots of brothy & veggie filled soups

Eating probiotic foods

Avoiding sugar and processed foods

Taking supplemental vitamin c, a probiotic, and getting lots of rest at the first hint of illness in order to fight it off quickly

 

The kids have never been to the doctor for an illness, and they are now 6 and almost 8.

post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by gardencompassion View Post

I'll be getting one, and so will my 2 yo and my husband. January is such a buggy time, I don't want the new lo getting sick or our household getting ill if possible. I'll also be getting a 3rd trimester whooping cough booster.
I am of same mind. My best friend's baby born in Jan a few years ago got whooping cough and so did she... picked up from toddler brother. We have one in kinder and one in preschool (Waldorf which we love but so many don't vax in our community) so we are going to get flu shots early in season bc they take 21 days or so to give protection.
Everyone is fine to make the choice that works best for their family but for us, flu shots have always kept us from getting the flu. We have gotten them every season (early is the key!) since my oldest son was a baby and no flu in our house.
My husband and I had whooping cough vax a while back... when should you get booster?
Also when can a pregnant woman get a flu shot? What week is it safe by?
post #12 of 29
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Originally Posted by OrchideZ View Post

My husband and I had whooping cough vax a while back... when should you get booster?
Also when can a pregnant woman get a flu shot? What week is it safe by?

 

I believe the general recommendation for TDaP is one booster as an adult so your husband should be ok.  But the CDC and ACOG just this year started recommending that women get it with every pregnancy to help increase antibody transfer to the fetus.  You can get it between 28 and 36 weeks, although I read a paper that recommended between 30 and 36 because antibody uptake was higher after 30 weeks.

 

The flu shot is safe for us to get now.  Right now it looks like flu season is following the same trend as last year - with a peak in cases in January - so there is some time still.  (:heartbeat Google flu trends: http://www.google.org/flutrends/us/#US I'm such a nerd.)  I will probably get it within the next few weeks and TDaP in December.  There is a thread in the vaccinating forum about TDaP and flu vaccines during pregnancy with some links to research papers if you're into that kind of thing.

 

In regards to care providers, I would say that my OB is fairly indifferent to whether I get either vaccine.  He recommends them and will give them in-office if I request it, but told me it's way cheaper at Walmart so I should go there if I want them.  If I didn't want either for any reason and he was pushing me to do something I didn't want to do, I would find it upsetting too.  

post #13 of 29

I got mine last week.  I am more scared of getting the flu while pregnant than the shot itself.  Had it with my DD and no problems so I feel good about my decision and I hope some of the antibodies are transfered through breast milk to the new baby.  I actually have only gotten flu shots while pregnant!  The rest of the time I am not that concerned about myself since my daughter gets the vaccine every fall.  

post #14 of 29
Thanks ladies! My kids are scheduled for flu shots a week from Saturday. I will be 27 wks then so does that sound ok? Good info about the Dtap!
post #15 of 29

I also am not getting it, though I do find it a tricky decision and considered it. I cornered my midwife until she would tell me what she REALLY thought about it, not just the CDC recommendations, and after we talked about it we came away with: 1. I've never gotten the flu in my life - I may be less predisposed than some would be. 2. I have no history of serious respiratory illnesses, which may make me a little safer were it to happen. 3. The flu shot makes so many of her clients sick, far more clients of course than actually get the flu naturally. 4. Given all this she recommends I keep doing whatever I normally do to stay healthy. 

 

I would be more open to getting the flu shot if I didn't have a history of autoimmune conditions, which are of course related to gut health, and there is very murky understanding of vaccines' impact on gut health. I do think being pregnant and getting the flu can end up very dangerous, which is why I'd consider getting the vaccine if my midwife had had a neutral or supportive reaction to it. 

 

My partner wants himself and my older son to get the flu shot to protect me and the baby. I'm not certain how I feel about it, for my son especially because he also has a history of gut issues. We did, however, decide to have our son vaccinated against pertussis to protect the baby. The flu shot just seems much more like a shot in the dark to me; every year the flu is different and it's a best guess whether the strain they choose is right. 

post #16 of 29

Absolutely will never get it.  I did have a severe case of Influenza A after my last child was born and am glad to have the naturally acquired antibodies.  Even after that, I will never get a flu shot and most certainly not while I'm pregnant.  What I've been doing is keeping up my Vitamin D and taking a lot of garlic and coconut oil which are both naturally anti-viral/anti-bacterial.  Also, my OB has never ever once mentioned or encouraged me to get a flu shot while pregnant (or even while not pregnant).

post #17 of 29

I start up with the cod liver oil the minute we start seeing less of the sun and the kids are back to school.  Nobody has been sick yet!

post #18 of 29
I got my flu shot about 2 wks ago and so did my kids and husband. Glad we did bc everyone around is falling apart it seems. The shot works well for us and in 5 yrs we have all gotten it done early in season, none of us have ever gotten flu.
post #19 of 29

The flu shot is contraindicated for pregnant women, regardless of one's stance on vaccines in general or the flu shot.

post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by boheime View Post

The flu shot is contraindicated for pregnant women, regardless of one's stance on vaccines in general or the flu shot.
I have not seen this information in any medical literature, and my OB strongly recommends it. She did ask me to wait until this week to get it because they were out of the thimerosal-free version at my 24 wk appt but I will be getting mine Thursday at my 28 week appt. I have never gotten the vaccine before, nor have I had the flu (knock on wood!) but I am a teacher and at high exposure risk and the potential risk of negative effects on the baby from the flu, not to mention how absolutely miserable I would be to be pregnant and have the flu, make it a no brainer. A friend of mine got the flu and went into labor early at 36 weeks while she had fever, chills, shakes, the works. I do not wish that on anyone,
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