I'm not sure whether or not I should get a flu shot this year now that I'm pregnant. I never got the shot before and I've also never had the flu. What are your thoughts? Will you be getting the flu shot this season?
That given, I had H1N1 when it was going around one time, and I haven't had the flu since. (Which is typical I hear of people who have had it. Don't quote me on that.)
Nope, never had a flu shot and don't plan to start now. The boys and I had the flu this past winter, and it was the first for them and the first for me in 13/14 years.
I have been re-thinking my church nursery duties for this winter, though. Parents are always bringing their sick kids to church, and we were sick a lot last winter just from church. I don't know if I want to go through that again while pregnant.
I work at a hospital so I've always taken advantage of the free flu shot for colleagues. Being a labor and delivery RN, I've also seen women have to be hospitalized because of flu complications. For me, I've never hesitated to get the vaccine (even when pregnant) because I think the benefits outweigh the potential risks. But I obviously have a lot higher risk of exposure than a lot of women probably do.
One of my Facebook friends, 6 months pregnant, was admitted to the hospital last night because of flu complications. I was just over there wishing her a speedy recovery.
Anyway, for me and just for me, yes I'll get the shot, yes I'll give it to both my kids too, and my husband will get the shot at work. That should cover us as much as possible. Upfront disclaimer: I vaccinate my kids for pretty much everything and have nothing against vaccinations. I'm extremely natural and granola in my parenting, but not on this.
I'm not sure right now whether to get it or not, and this thread hasn't helped as people seem quite divided here too!
I am around a lot of kids some days so more chance I will catch the flu, plus for the past few years I have got it, sometimes twice! And I end up in bed for several days feeling awful. I wouldn't want that to happen when I'm pregnant and worry the flu could affect the baby? I don't know... I need more time to think about it I guess.
I took a lot of vitamins last year to boost my immune system and that seemed to help, I don't think I actually got it last year, however now I'm pregnant I have stopped taking vitamin tablets except for my prenatal... so I can't protect myself with those this year as the bottles say consult a doctor if pregnant, so guessing vitamins are not safe to take when pregnant, that's why I stopped them.
Wow thanks for all of your responses! I would definitely get it if I were in situations like some of you (i.e. healthcare, childcare), but I'm at home now that I quit my job so the amount of direct exposure to other sick people is pretty much non-existent. My mom teaches kindergarten so I'm always very careful when I go to their house because she probably brings a lot of germs home with her. I'm still undecided, but leaning more toward not getting it because of my particular situation.
I'm a little on the fence about it. I had a slight reaction to the vaccine last year - mild and quickly passing, but I'd probably end up with a trip to the ER if it were any worse, and I have no clue if it was a fluke thing or if pregnancy would impact it at all. I did have a flu shot during my last pregnancy with no obvious issues.