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Old 08-31-2007, 02:12 PM   #1
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anyone get a flu shot while pregnant?

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Okay, so im just trying to get some information. When I first got pregnant i caught a cold, and i have never EVER been more miserable in my entire life... because I couldnt take anything. So i started seeing that if you're in your 2nd/3rd trimester during flu season, it might be helpful to get a flu shot?

anybody have any opinions?

(and i do know about the mercury in the flu shots as per the CDC website, i just want to get some opinions before I talk to my doctor about it)

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Old 08-31-2007, 02:15 PM   #2
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I got it with my first pregnancy but I was also about 8 months pregnant and active duty and I had to get it. I've been told by other docs to get it if you're in your second or third trimester, otherwise don't get it. I was still on active duty when I got pregnant with my second and it was October. I was told to wait until I was in my second trimester to get the flu shot but I just said forget it. Never got it again. (I have nothing against vax's, I just don't see a need for it, kwim?)
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Old 08-31-2007, 02:17 PM   #3
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Re: anyone get a flu shot while pregnant?

i had one with both of my last 2 kids and swore i'd never do it again, i was never so sick in my life utnil after that flu shot lol coincidence maybe but i caught every single thing that went around as opposed to not having it and never getting sick....
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Re: anyone get a flu shot while pregnant?

There are many meds you can take while pg just depends on the trimester and such.

Regarding the flu shot... I have no advice because I opted out during my pg.
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Re: anyone get a flu shot while pregnant?

I did get it. I had bronchitus within the first few months of being pregnant. I also was teaching kindergarten which is a germ breeding ground. And I had caught bronchitus from one of my students, her mother didn't keep her home.

Once I had the shot I didn't get sick again. Might be a coicidence, but I am not sure.

My DD turned out fine. But I would talk to your doctor about it.
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Old 08-31-2007, 02:23 PM   #6
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Re: anyone get a flu shot while pregnant?

I got it becasue I was teaching 1st grade (GERM CITY!)... and I was already in my second trimester by the time it came time to get them.
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Re: anyone get a flu shot while pregnant?

I didn't with my 1st pregnancy and will not with this pregnancy. To be fair- I wouldn't get the flu shot pregnant or not. I just don't feel that it's worth the risks.
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Old 08-31-2007, 02:25 PM   #8
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No, I have never gotten the flu before. I got the shot when Sam was a baby and it hurt. Never again. None of us get them. If we get it, we get it, but I am not doing that shot.
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Old 08-31-2007, 02:30 PM   #9
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Re: anyone get a flu shot while pregnant?

i figured there would be lots of different opinions, lol.


ive had a flu shot in the past, but never while pregnant. My second trimester starts in september, so thats why im considering this... i guess i;ll see what my doc says about it-- she doesnt seem to be pro=-unnecessary vax, because i asked her if i should get a chicken pox vax after pregnancy because i've never had it and she said it wasnt important, lol.
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Old 08-31-2007, 02:34 PM   #10
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Re: anyone get a flu shot while pregnant?

I get flu shots every year (work in a hospital) but didn't with my first pregnancy. Instead, I got the flu and I wanted to DIE. I ended up hospitalized, couldn't take a darn thing that helped, and was out of work for 2 weeks. Second time around, I got the flu shot. And I didn't get the flu, even though family had it and it was everywhere at work. It's worth it to me. In addition, I get a shot every year because DS#1 can't get them - he's allergic to eggs. I'd rather keep everyone else flu-free via vaccines to help him as much as we can.
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