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View Poll Results: Are you getting the flu vax?
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Skippy918's Avatar Skippy918 12:28 AM 10-15-2010
I'm on the fence about this and I'm not sure what to do. I've read that there's a high death rate among pg women who get swine flu, but also nervous that the swine flu was never tested in pg women and I'm worried about the side effects.
What is everyone else doing?

Anyone know the prevalence of swine flu this year?

Aliy's Avatar Aliy 12:36 AM 10-15-2010
ddcc....

no way no how no one is touching me with that stuff. it's not tested and the flu shot is just what they predict the 3 most prevalant strains to be. It doesn't prevent you form getting sick the flu virus changes as it moves, it's a mutating virus.

good hygiene and staying away from places where you'll find lots of sick people and taking good care of your self making sure you are keeping up on your vitamins and all that sort of stuff is what I do. if my kids are sick I keep them home. if i'm sick i stay home. I also try and stay away from excessively large groups of people.
~Amy~'s Avatar ~Amy~ 12:54 AM 10-15-2010
No, I'm not.
~Demeter~'s Avatar ~Demeter~ 12:58 AM 10-15-2010
DDCC

Nope... I don't get them not pregnant, either. My kids don't get one, nor does my husband. In fact, most people I know that do get one are often sick shortly afterward and have issues all winter long. I prefer to take my vitamins, eat well, take care of myself, get enough rest, etc. Much of the hype about swine flu was just that... hype. The media really made it out to be way worse than it was. The science behind the shot isn't all that accurate either, it's all guesswork. I have other issues with the flu shot but those are the main ones.
allical1284's Avatar allical1284 01:44 AM 10-15-2010
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Nope... I don't get them not pregnant, either. My kids don't get one, nor does my husband. In fact, most people I know that do get one are often sick shortly afterward and have issues all winter long. I prefer to take my vitamins, eat well, take care of myself, get enough rest, etc. Much of the hype about swine flu was just that... hype. The media really made it out to be way worse than it was. The science behind the shot isn't all that accurate either, it's all guesswork. I have other issues with the flu shot but those are the main ones.
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misskira's Avatar misskira 02:50 AM 10-15-2010
I'm the one yes, lol. But I am a special education teacher at a public school with over 500 kids and my son goes to daycare. So I will be getting it next week.
jenniferadurham's Avatar jenniferadurham 02:57 AM 10-15-2010
He** no.


If the needle is not giving me meds through an iv or taking blood...it's not going in me or my family. Other than dh...he works in surgery. But I hate...hate...that he has to get one. Hate.
Neuromancer's Avatar Neuromancer 09:13 AM 10-15-2010
I've never gotten one before. My primary care physician said to get one this year because I'm pregnant. My midwife said she doesn't recommend or not recommend them -- that it's up to me. I was most convinced by my midwife saying it hadn't been the standard of care long enough for her to feel everyone needs one. Three years ago, my best friend had a pregnancy where a complication (that never happened) was expected. She saw her doctor every week for most of the pregnancy. This was a very mainstream doctor. He never suggested she get the flu shot.

Add all this to the fact that the virus mutates, that I don't work with (or yet have) children or work in medicine, and that I rarely get sick -- and when I do it's never enough to even miss a day of work, and I think I'm skipping the flu shot.
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Liora's Avatar Liora 12:33 PM 10-15-2010
Not for a million dollars.
mommaduck's Avatar mommaduck 12:55 PM 10-15-2010
No way, no how. However, our family did come down with the flu last week. I feel safer just dealing with it than with the shot. Anyone in my husband's family that gets the flu shot, always gets the flu worse than most...and they continue to get it (I just don't get their thinking).
hannybanany's Avatar hannybanany 01:15 PM 10-15-2010
Nope.
MamaMonica's Avatar MamaMonica 01:44 PM 10-15-2010
Moved to Vaccinations, as this is where flu shot discussions take place.
Ola_'s Avatar Ola_ 01:56 PM 10-15-2010
I'm not planning on it, but DH has really been trying to convince me to. Apparently there's a recent study on native american women (if I recall correctly?) which showed that the babies born to vaccinated women have lower risks of infection and hospitalization.

My plan is to work from home as much as I can (to avoid sick people on the commute and at the office), wash hands lots, and load up on vit. D supplements (which worked really well for me last year). And I don't like that the H1N1 is now included in the regular flu shot and it hasn't been tested on pregnant women. Plus they guess the viruses to include in the shot way early in the year to give time for production, and it seems often they guess wrong and it doesn't help you much. Well, I'm just not a fan.
midwestmeg's Avatar midwestmeg 02:57 PM 10-15-2010
Yeah, dh gets it... but I think he gets sick more than we do, hahaha.

I don't have a strict work schedule, so my job is my kids; I figure we have time to be sick. Plus, if we take care of ourselves I find we don't get sick too much anyway.

I don't think the flu shot is very effective. I'm one of the old stories 'got it once and got sicker than a dog.' So, I tried it 10 years ago and decided just dealing with what came my way was better.
kittywitty's Avatar kittywitty 03:01 PM 10-15-2010
Good lord, no, I'm not. You couldn't pay me to get it.
carriebft's Avatar carriebft 03:35 PM 10-15-2010
I voted yes. This is only our second year of getting the flu shot. I feel that flu shots are not useful in children under the age of 2 and, in addition, I feel that there is absolutely no study on flu shots in the first trimester (we have studies on the other trimesters or studies that most people were not in first, kwim?) so I wouldn't do it then either.

Some reasons we have changed our mind are the kids being in school, my best friends' son having horrible asthma (spent many weeks in CHOP last winter ), illness in relatives, holiday travel, having a baby during flu season, and also I feel more comfortable with them now that I have seen some of the studies. I also am more comfortable with the efficacy of the flu mist shot over the injections for the kids...plus there's no pain involved so that is easier on us as well.

I am in my later second trimester, so I was comfortable getting the injection. My arm was sore for a few hours and that has been my only side effect. I was also heartened by the study that came out a week or so ago about the flu shot during pregnancy protecting the newborn from flu as well. We are big on "cocooning" here.

I think if our risk situation changed next year, I would change my mind again. But since our babe will not be two yet and will not be receiving one next year, we may do it again for the cocooning affect.
carriebft's Avatar carriebft 03:37 PM 10-15-2010
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Originally Posted by Ola_ View Post
I'm not planning on it, but DH has really been trying to convince me to. Apparently there's a recent study on native american women (if I recall correctly?) which showed that the babies born to vaccinated women have lower risks of infection and hospitalization.
Yes, this is correct. Here is an article on it:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11471311
MountainMamaGC's Avatar MountainMamaGC 03:51 PM 10-15-2010
I just got a BFP. I plan on doing elderberry losenges and vitmamin D for my pregncancy.

As for the Native American study, maybe the women who get vaccinated on the reserves are more likely to take care of themselves during pregnancy. People on reserves here dont have the best track record of taking care of themselves.
babygrant's Avatar babygrant 03:55 PM 10-15-2010
I am required by my job to get the flu shot, but I don't get it. I'm just not allowed to work during an outbreak but thankfully we are in the financial situation where I don't NEED to work. I did get the flu shot when my husband was layed off and I had to work. I've NEVER been so sick before. That winter I was sick pretty much steady for a few month. It sucked!
~PurityLake~'s Avatar ~PurityLake~ 04:00 PM 10-15-2010
No way! Never have, never will, whether it be bird flu, swine flu, raccoon flu, or fish flu. Never gonna happen.
carmel23's Avatar carmel23 04:10 PM 10-15-2010
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Originally Posted by Skippy918 View Post
I'm on the fence about this and I'm not sure what to do. I've read that there's a high death rate among pg women who get swine flu, but also nervous that the swine flu was never tested in pg women and I'm worried about the side effects.
What is everyone else doing?

Anyone know the prevalence of swine flu this year?
Hi! I was a pregnant woman who did receive the h1n1 vaccine last year. So yes, it was tested on pregnant women, as much as anything ever is.

I was fine, I had no complications from it, and now have a very healthy, walking 10 month old baby boy.

I have had flu shots before, and have never had a bad reaction. This one was just like the other flu shot I've received.

I don't get a flu shot every year, and will probably not get one this year. But I wanted to speak up because pregnancy provides enough to worry about, a mama shouldn't have to obsess over this, too.
Bebe's Mom's Avatar Bebe's Mom 04:38 PM 10-15-2010
Demeter took the words right out of my mouth..The flu would be a lot less prevalent if people took the proper precautions-washing hands, eating healthy, etc..I think the flu shot makes people feel invincible so that they do not take precautions and end up sick ..Plus there are so many strains of flu that getting a shot doesn't do any good. Almost everyone I know who gets it ends up with the flu anyway.
carmel23's Avatar carmel23 04:41 PM 10-15-2010
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Originally Posted by Bebe's Mom View Post
Demeter took the words right out of my mouth..The flu would be a lot less prevalent if people took the proper precautions-washing hands, eating healthy, etc..I think the flu shot makes people feel invincible so that they do not take precautions and end up sick ..Plus there are so many strains of flu that getting a shot doesn't do any good. Almost everyone I know who gets it ends up with the flu anyway.
I don't know, I have gotten it in the past and still eat very well, exercise, have good vit D levels, and wash my hands a lot. I've never gotten the flu when I've gotten the flu shot.
frontierpsych's Avatar frontierpsych 04:51 PM 10-15-2010
Count me as another NO! My son as well, because he has an egg allergy, so he couldn't get it if he wanted to. (Come to think of it, he is 25 months and has never had a shot...)

I have never had a flu shot, and I haven't had the flu in over a decade. There are certain people and situations who should *consider* it, but I do not fall into that category.

My husband had to get them as he was military, but he retired medically and works as a contractor, where they don't mandate it.
goldenwillow's Avatar goldenwillow 04:57 PM 10-15-2010
No way.

Not before.

Not when pregnant.

Not never.
mum4vr's Avatar mum4vr 05:35 PM 10-15-2010
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Originally Posted by ~Purity‚ô•Lake~ View Post
No way! Never have, never will, whether it be bird flu, swine flu, raccoon flu, or fish flu. Never gonna happen.


We NEVER get the flu except: last year when all my students got the nasal mist and came back to my classroom sniffling and left their dripping virus-infested snot rags all over my classroom, and coughed and sneezed all over! (apparently the mist makes you feel sneezy and when it runs down your throat from your sinuses, makes you cough!) Good times! So I got swine flu and my DC got it from me. Yeah, I love how that "cocooning" worked! Oy. And we got ordinary (as opposed to swine) flu a few years before that-- we were living w extended family in close quarters, and I worked as admin at a home health-- you guessed it-- got it from our well-vaccinated nurses! Mmhm. Glad the extended fam forgave me for bringing it home to all our children since it's highly unlikely any of us would have gotten it either time if I'd not been exposed to vax shed at work.

That being said, we are all quite healthy and have excellent immune systems, so with swine flu, I missed only 1 1/2 days of work (ask me about my wonderful, anti-viral "garlic cure" concoction!), and my DC missed 2-3 days of their activities.
japonica's Avatar japonica 08:33 PM 10-15-2010
Nope, not ever. And never when pregnant. It was just not worth the risk for me. If some researchers theorize that it's the immune reaction of the mother that may lead to neurological changes in the fetus, and this immune reaction can also be generated by the flu shot (not just natural infection), then I've always wanted to error on the side of caution.
mamadelbosque's Avatar mamadelbosque 08:40 PM 10-15-2010
Not a chance. Though I could see DH coming home going 'I got a flu shot today...' He's a paramedic though, and sometimes just does stuff w/o really thinking about it...

ETA: Oh, and no, I definetly didn't get one last year w/ a newborn nor the year before while pregnant. No thanks. Not a guinnea pig for big pharma.
nicky85's Avatar nicky85 08:47 PM 10-15-2010
I had the flu last year when I was 7 months pregnant. There is a possibility it was h1n1 because it was accompanied by an unusual sore throat. I stayed in bed, ate little bits of food and drank sips of water, (gradually increasing throughout the day as I started feeling better), and my baby and I were fine. I was up and going by the evening.
Emmeline II's Avatar Emmeline II 10:54 PM 10-15-2010
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Originally Posted by Skippy918 View Post
I'm on the fence about this and I'm not sure what to do. I've read that there's a high death rate among pg women who get swine flu, but also nervous that the swine flu was never tested in pg women and I'm worried about the side effects.
What is everyone else doing?
From what I read during the last flu season, the problem seemed to be that doctors were not diligent in treating pregnant women with flu symptoms and were sending them home, and those women were seriously ill when they returned.
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