BTW, even the 'no thimerosol' flu shot still has it, just a lot less than the regular one. I believe you have to specifically ask for it. And the flu shot has never been tested on pregnant women, they just assumed it would be safe & then decided not only was it safe, it was something every pregnant woman should have.
Okay, I have to chime in here with one correction because I work in public health (and can't help myself ). The flu shot contains dead virus, not weakened virus. There's no way the flu shot-- whatever else its merits or problems-- can give you the flu. It may not always prevent it, but it can't cause it either. That's all. :
Nope. Someone asked me when I was ttc ds if I was getting one, and I said no I can't because I might be pregnant (I wouldn't have anyway). I was shocked to find out they recommend it for pregnant women!
Just have to say ditto to everyone else. I don't get it anymore, although I used to because I am a health care worker. I think more harm can come from it than good, especially once you get it year after year...
I've never gotten one before, and I was surprised to hear that they're recommended for pregnant women. Could anybody help me out here and explain to me what could happen to my child if I got the flu while pregnant? I think I normally get it, but it's never serious enough that I go to the doctor to even confirm that it's the flu.
Thanks for the info, Devaskyla. My husband will be pleased to hear that. He's really against the vaccine because it hasn't been around long enough to know what long term effects there are. Schizophrenia does run in my family, though (at least when coupled with heavy drug use), so maybe I should be more careful than normal about not getting sick.