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#1 of 17 Old 10-01-2007, 03:00 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Is it safe to get the flu shot when you are pregnant?

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IMO? Heck no. But I would never get one anyway.

And I don't vaccinate my children either.

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i also would say no, but i don't believe in them as being any good for people.
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I think most doctors would answer your question with a yes. But personally I've never gotten a flu shot, neither has my dh or dd. I would never get it as I think the risks of this vaccine simply do not give enough benefit.

If you're thinking of getting it, then make sure it is thermasol free.
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I did when I was pregnant with my son because I had customers/clients/visitors coming in and out. I was also handling money/checks (germie) There were wayyyyyyy too many germs/bugs to worry about.

I did not with my daughter because I became a SAHM. However, my son just started preschool and I might change my mind. So I don't know yet. I am about 90% sure I won't get one.

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What do you consider safe?

I have never and will never have a flu shot.
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This is just my personal experience, but after having the flu when I was a junior in college, I decided I NEVER wanted to have it again. I've been getting flu shots ever since. One week of 104 temps and pneumonia afterwards was a nightmare, and one I certainly do not want to repeat while pregnant.

I understand the non-vax argument, but for my family, the flu shot is part of our fall routine.

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My midwife offered it. But we won't be doing that, we don't vax either.

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I got the flu shot every year for a while, but I had a mild reaction last time, and have learned a bit more about vaccines since too, so no more flu shots for me.
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I would not recommend the flu shot. Just remember everything that gets injected into you body gets into the babys body. With all the preservatives in flu shots and the baby in early development, it just doesn't seem like a good idea.

Side note on flu shots. They are notorious for side effects and for being effective only about 50% of the time. The way they make the flu shot is to guess which mutation the flu will take this year and make a vaccine for it. This is all done by guess work and a lot of the time the flu mutates in a different direction that the vaccine gets made. So even if you get the shot it is no guarantee that you won't get the flu.

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If you do get a flu shot while pregnant, I thought I remembered reading you're not supposed to get them during the first trimester.

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I'm on the fence. I've never had one but last year I got the flu for the first time (that I know of) and it knocked me flat on my butt for a straight week. (Started on Christmas Eve...boo!!) I don't ever want to go through that again... Yuckity yuck yuck.

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If you do get a flu shot while pregnant, I thought I remembered reading you're not supposed to get them during the first trimester.

Yeah, I think they only recommend it for the second & third trimesters.

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i didn't last pregnancy and won't this time either (while we do selectively vax this is one that we definitely don't get for dd). there is still mercury in the majority of the flu vaxes and they don't protect from all strains of the flu.

when i asked my midwife's opinion last pregnancy she quoted me the lovely CDC line "pregnant women are considered 'high risk' and should therefore have a flu shot" and then smiled and said "now that that's over with here's the real answer: you're young, you're healthy, getting the flu would be crappy, but you'd be fine." gotcha..no shot needed!
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Yes you do need to wait until 2nd trimester. I have always gotten one, but i have to see how flu season is when i enter my second trimester. I got one with my son in the second. My DP just got one and i am going to have my kids get one to. They get them every year and we are rarely sick in this house and if so not more for a day or two (knock on wood.).
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Yes you do need to wait until 2nd trimester. I have always gotten one, but i have to see how flu season is when i enter my second trimester. I got one with my son in the second. My DP just got one and i am going to have my kids get one to. They get them every year and we are rarely sick in this house and if so not more for a day or two (knock on wood.). I would suggest getting mercury free shots (don't know if flumist is okay for preg women)
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Like anything in this regard, talk to your doctor, do your own research and decide what makes you the most comfortable.

Given my son's enrollment in daycare and my profession, I will be getting the flu shot.
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