Flu Shot - Page 2
There have been some major issues with this attitude towards drugs. I would rather have the flu (something my body is designed to fight) than to end up part of a lawsuit against the company bc my baby was born with defects. Is it likely? Maybe not. But the list of drugs which have bern found to cause problems in this manner is long enough for me not to take the chance. Thalidomide may be an extreme example, but the lesson doesn't seem to have been learned. For me, this includes drugs used during pregnancy and at the time of birth.
Not trying to Fear-monger, but The system bugs me. Drug Company says one thing, dr says another, Gov says yet another. Most people do not have the energy to decipher the info provided by the Pharmaceautical Company. It takes years and years to discover if something prescribed off label causes issues. Adverse events may not be reported, etc. so I just avoid it all.
I hope everyone makes the best decision for their situation.
The flu shot has been studied in pregnant women. Here is one of the most recent publications regarding its safety in women: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23635613 It is by no means the only one. I'm happy to provide additional references via pm for anyone who is interested because I won't debate vaccines in our DDC and I'm done after this post. But my education and career were in this field (infectious disease and immunology -- not vaccines) prior to shifting more to SAHM-dom so I actually love talking about it. It's just not a conversation that ever ends well on the internet.
For a non-scientist read, Red Wine and Applesauce (a parenting science blog) recently posted about flu vaccines. It was more comprehensive than just in pregnancy, but topic 3 covers some of what we know about advantages, disadvantages, and safety in pregnancy: http://www.redwineandapplesauce.com/2013/10/28/setting-the-record-straight-dubunking-all-the-flu-vaccine-myths/#pregnant1 The blog as a whole has a pro-vaccine stance so if that offends you, stay away.
On another note, there is a new directive to get pertussis boosters during pregnancy bc of a surge in cases (at least here in California).
I went and got mine today. My last one was 5 yrs ago.
I was motivated bc my best friend two yrs ago didn't get a shot during her pregnancy (wasn't exactly recommended then) and both she & her winter born babe got pertussis from her preschool aged son. She and baby spent time in the hospital and she became deathly ill. For months they thought she had lupus or something similar. Turned out the bout w pertussis triggered an autoimmune disorder in her she had never known she had. It was months of seeing cardio pulmonary specialists to figure this out and she feels the pertussis in general weakened her lungs and health permanently.
Bc of her, I made sure to get my booster.
My primary doc today ( who is v much into eastern medicine/ never doles out antibiotics/ has acupuncture at his office) commended me and said that pertussis is a sticking point w him personally. Years ago during his residency, an ICU nurse he worked with was pregnant during winter and didn't get her shot until she gave birth (wasn't recommended to give to pregnant women then). She got her shot and returned to work in ICU. That v week (before the shot took effect) she got pertussis and passed to her baby. Baby didn't make it.
Anyway, for us, we are all getting boosters in our family and if our in laws come out to help, they will have to get theirs too before.
It's truly whatever works for your family and what you feel comfortable with. Our kids go to a Waldorf school where vaxing in general isn't v common and we don't judge for anyone else. It is what we are comfortable with though for our family.
They are telling you to get your Pertussis booster over here in NC too. I assumed the rec to get it was going out country wide. Not sure if we have had outbreaks in this area. My Doc did mention that we had a few measles cases at a local school (cannot recall if it was a Waldorf, but it was a school where most of the population does not vaccinate). We do vaccinate, but selectively and slowly. I was planning to get the kids another DTaP and DH a booster before baby gets here. For myself, I will wait until baby is here as I just had the booster 6 years ago.
"Between 1990 and 2009, there were only 20 miscarriages or stillbirths reported by pregnant women who had taken either inactivated or live attenuated flu vaccines. This means there were just 1.9 miscarriages or stillbirths per million pregnant women vaccinated ( again, for comparison, the US has 6.25 stillbirths per 1000 plus however many miscarriages)."
http://rememberingada.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/flu-shot-miscarriage-stillbirth/ (and linked study: http://www.ajog.org/article/S0002-9378(10)01105-1/abstract) -- possible trigger warning for discussion of stillbirth and miscarriage on the linked blog.
...I dragged my husband out last night and we both got inoculated. I had been on the fence, but the staggering (legitimate) evidence in the pro-vaccination camp VS the insane misinformation and pseudo-science being passed around the anti-vax camp was enough to convince me it was a great idea.
Thankfully, I live in Canada and even if it wasn't covered by my insurance (it is), the government paid for my husband and I to have the shot since I am pregnant and he is living with a pregnant lady
So far I have had NO immune response to the shot at all, although my husband has a headache and feels stiff today (to clarify, this is an immune response to a foreign body, NOT the same as getting the flu). My baby is still kicking up a storm.