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post #21 of 64
My DH gets it every year b/c he works in a preschool and they offer it for free. He gets sick every time. I haven't had the flu since elementary school. Knock on wood. I probably won't get it, but will discuss it with my MW. We're not anti-vax...I'm just skeptical in general .
post #22 of 64
I won't be getting it. I have never gotten the flu (knock on wood) and my dh gets it every year. Sometimes twice. Of course, he won't eat vegetables, or eat on a regular basis for that matter and his sleep habits or poor. So, it does not surprise me at all that he gets sick, brings it home and no one else in the house gets it.
post #23 of 64
Pregnancy causes a particular type of immune system depression to prevent your body from attacking your baby. However, this is a different type of immunity than the immunity that prevents you from getting the flu and helps you fight off the flu if you do get it. I think the main concern is the risk of high fevers while pregnant, and the fact that you shouldn't take aspirin or ibuprofen while pregnant, so your fever-reduction choices are more limited.
post #24 of 64
Jen, thanks for bringing this up. I also have been struggling with this. I never got the shot in the past, and never had the flu until this past March.
Sadly, I was pregnant at the time and after I recovered from the flu, I lost the baby. Of course I fear getting sick from the flu shot, so I feel like I am gambling either way.

Hoping for a better outcome for both of us this time.
post #25 of 64
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Originally Posted by Adele_Mommy View Post
Pregnancy causes a particular type of immune system depression to prevent your body from attacking your baby. However, this is a different type of immunity than the immunity that prevents you from getting the flu and helps you fight off the flu if you do get it. I think the main concern is the risk of high fevers while pregnant, and the fact that you shouldn't take aspirin or ibuprofen while pregnant, so your fever-reduction choices are more limited.
Tylenol works for me to take down a fever. *shrug*
post #26 of 64
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Originally Posted by MI_Dawn View Post
Tylenol works for me to take down a fever. *shrug*

Tylenol usually does not work for a head ache for me but is usually what I take to help with a fever (usually combined with ibuprofen rotating the doses) but thankfully (and knock on wood again) it has been awhile since I have had a fever. I think I just decided that since I do not usually get the flu shot that I will not get it this year either, but rather watch myself closely for any sign I may be getting sick and try to be proactive.
post #27 of 64
What is the link between Schiziphrenia and the flu?
post #28 of 64
I got the flu vaccine last time before I knew I was pregnant, I must have been really early, like 4 or 5 weeks, then I miscarried at 9 weeks. It has me anxious about getting vaxed again.

I probably will though since DS is in Montessori preschool and DH is a cop, so our exposure is probably more assured. I would prefer to wait until 12 weeks though, is that a feasible option?
post #29 of 64
I've never had a flu shot. Last time when I was pregnant with my DS, My OB didn't recommend it since I'd never had it before (although I wasn't planning on it anyways). I don't plan on getting it this time around either.
post #30 of 64
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Originally Posted by MI_Dawn View Post
Tylenol works for me to take down a fever. *shrug*
yeah, I don't see the big deal at all. I just read that about "limited treatment options" on a site that was advocating flu shots for all pregnant women. Tylenol works for me too, but I don't get high fevers anyway.
post #31 of 64
No, I don't ever get the flu.
The recommendation about vaccinating every one is to protect the frail elderly from dying from it.
Honestly though, (I hate to sound mean) but most of them will die of something, they are frail and elderly.
I'm not completely against vaccines but I try to get as few as possible.
I think it's kind of weird to have a policy to protect sick elderly people and potentially put healthy woman and children at risk. Vaccines have occasional side-effects.
I don't really understand the logic in this new policy.
post #32 of 64
I didn't get the vax when pg w/ dd. I got the flu--stomach style--I don't think I've ever been that sick in my life. That being said, I don't plan to get the vax this time either. I fugure, you're so likely to get any of the countless number of viruses that circluate at any given time, what's the point of vaxing against one strain of one type of virus. They just make an educated guess of the strain that they think will be the most prevelent anyway. I'm in the "why bother" camp.
post #33 of 64
I didn't get the flu vax during my last pregnancy, and don't plan to this time either.
But, I've never had the flu (stomach flu, yes, including during my last pregnancy, but not the true, dangerous kind of flu) and generally have a pretty strong immune system. I work from home and DD isn't in school or daycare. I could see coming to a different decision on it if I had the circumstances you describe, including working in a hospital.

Good luck with it!
post #34 of 64
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Originally Posted by riversong View Post
...I haven't come across a pressing need for any of us to be vaccinated for anything. My mind is open the the possibility of vaxing for something at some point if there seems to be a true need, but right now there isn't...
This exactly.


Although, since you're working in a hospital, I understand your concerns.
post #35 of 64
Just curious, I noticed a few of you mentioned that you were considering the flu shot because your kids are in Montessori preschools. Is the Montessori part a coincidence or is it part of your reasoning? Are there more unvaxed kids at Montessori schools? My dd goes to a Montessori preschool also. They're ok with us not vaxing, but so are most schools in California.
post #36 of 64
Straight from the CDC:
The flu shot: The viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. Some minor side effects that could occur are

Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
Fever (low grade)
Aches
If these problems occur, they begin soon after the shot and usually last 1 to 2 days. Almost all people who receive influenza vaccine have no serious problems from it. However, on rare occasions, flu vaccination can cause serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. As of July 1, 2005, people who think that they have been injured by the flu shot can file a claim for compensation from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

LAIV (FluMist®): The viruses in the nasal-spray vaccine are weakened and do not cause severe symptoms often associated with influenza illness. (In clinical studies, transmission of vaccine viruses to close contacts has occurred only rarely.)

In children, side effects from LAIV (FluMist®) can include

runny nose
wheezing
headache
vomiting
muscle aches
fever
In adults, side effects from LAIV (FluMist®) can include

runny nose
headache
sore throat
cough


So you can get the flu from the nasal spray, but not the shot (although the side affects can be strikingly similar).

As for me? No thanks. If it starts plowing through my workplace, I'll likely opt for the free vaccine that my employer offers. But my coworkers are mostly soon-to-be retirees whom line up for the flu shot in droves, I don't mind hitching a free ride on their immunity
post #37 of 64
I haven't had a flu vaccine to date, ever, and I don't plan to start getting one now.
post #38 of 64
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for being so respectful.

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Originally Posted by heatherweh View Post
I would prefer to wait until 12 weeks though, is that a feasible option?
Absolutely! the ideal time to get it is b/w Halloween & Thanksgiving.

Regarding Rhogam
Here is an excellent critique of it by a renowned English midwife named Sara Wickham
(Rhogam is called Anti-D in the UK, Australia & other countries)

I am Rh-negative, dh is Rh-pos. W/ dd I decided that I would be vigilant about any risk of bleeding from the placenta (threatened miscarriage, amniocentisis, car accident or other abdominal trauma, etc) & absolutely would get it during my pregnancy in that case. But if I didn't have any risk factors, I decided I would not get it during my pregnancy & would get it after dd was born (when the risk of fetal & maternal blood intermingling is greatest & the "vaccine" would no longer be a risk to my baby). DD is Rh positive, so I'm glad I did get it post-partum.

W/ my 2nd pregnancy w/ ds, I had a sub-chorionic hemorrhage which caused lots of bleeding during the pregnancy. You bet I wanted the Rhogam in that case.

This time around, I plan to do what I did w/ #1.
post #39 of 64
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Originally Posted by secondimpression View Post
Straight from the CDC:
[I]The flu shot: The viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. Some minor side effects that could occur are

Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
Fever (low grade)
Aches
If these problems occur, they begin soon after the shot and usually last 1 to 2 days. Almost all people who receive influenza vaccine have no serious problems from it. However, on rare occasions, flu vaccination can cause serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. As of July 1, 2005, people who think that they have been injured by the flu shot can file a claim for compensation from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

Sorry but that is total bunk imho. They can say that until they are blue in the face but the reality is my dh has gotten the flu from the vaccine ten years running. High fever and the lot he has even gone into the doctor and they tell him he has the flu! Even killed virus vaccines have a certain small percentage of live bugs in them.

Also they list fever aches as side effects maybe I'm stupid but isn't that the flu?
post #40 of 64
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Originally Posted by riversong View Post
Just curious, I noticed a few of you mentioned that you were considering the flu shot because your kids are in Montessori preschools. Is the Montessori part a coincidence or is it part of your reasoning? Are there more unvaxed kids at Montessori schools?
I think it's just a coincidence. DD's being in Montessori isn't a factor for me, but the fact that she's in school at all (with kids ranging from age 3-16) is a big change in our life from last year. I know she'll be exposed to so much more than she ever has, which will of course mean more exposure for me!

It's such a hard decision! I agree with a lot of what many posters said, on both sides of the issue. One of the reasons I've been leaning toward getting the shot is because my best friend and her two kids got the flu TWICE last year!! I had the flu about 10 years ago, and it laid me OUT for a good week, and then I was really wobbly for another week after that. I think a lot of times people think they have the flu when maybe it's a bad cold, but the flu is fricking vicious!!

But I also agree with the point that there are so many strains out there, and they mutate so quickly, that the chance of the flu shot actually preventing anyone from getting sick might be rather small.

UGH. I don't know.
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