For the ladies on the fence about the flu shot...

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Registered: 07-06-2011
For the ladies on the fence about the flu shot...
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Mon, 11-14-2011 - 11:15am

The 3 pedatric groups we interviewed along with my OBGYN said the hubs and I should get a flu shot.

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Registered: 08-22-2008
Mon, 11-14-2011 - 12:20pm

So sorry you've been sick...thanks for the input. With just 5 weeks left I think I'm gonna hold out and not get it...

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Registered: 02-22-2009
Mon, 11-14-2011 - 1:14pm

That stinks that you got so sick!

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Registered: 12-09-1999
Mon, 11-14-2011 - 1:18pm
I had just made up my mind to get it so I could pass along immunity to the baby. *sigh* I'm going to be cheap and wait till the health dept has a clinic at the end of the month so we'll see if I change my mind before then.
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Registered: 08-26-2010
Mon, 11-14-2011 - 1:21pm
Exact reason my hubby and I don't get the flu shot EVER... Glad you're feeling better though!
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Registered: 09-21-2007
Mon, 11-14-2011 - 3:53pm
I'm sorry that you got so sick! Hope that both you and hubby get better soon.

The problem with the flu shot is that it is only geared to "protect" against one strain of the flu. "They" try to figure out which strain is going to be the most prevalent in a year and make the vaccine for that strain. But, as a pp said, there are so many of them, that they can't make one for all of them, and that is why people can and do catch the flu even after getting the shot.


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 11-14-2011 - 4:26pm

While it certainly stinks you've been sick I think it's important to note that the flu vaccine is designed to prevent the spread of only those strands of influenza that the World Health Organization has designated as the most prolific for a certain flu season. On their website, the CDC states that the flu vaccine for the 2011-2012 flu season is to prevent these 3 specific strands:

"WHO recommended that the Northern Hemisphere's 2011—2012 seasonal influenza vaccine contain the following three vaccine viruses:

  • an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus;
  • an A/Perth/16/2009 (H3N2)-like virus; and
  • a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.

These are the same viruses that were selected for the Northern Hemisphere for the 2010-2011 influenza vaccine."

The following information specific to pregnant women is also from the CDC website:

Pregnant Women & Influenza (Flu)

Flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant. Changes in the immune system, heart, and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women more prone to severe illness from flu as well as hospitalizations and even death. Pregnant woman with flu also have a greater chance for serious problems for their unborn baby, including premature labor and delivery.

Flu shots will protect pregnant women, their unborn babies and even protect the baby after birth.

The Flu Shot is the Best Protection Against Flu

Getting a flu shot is the first and most important step in protecting against flu. The flu shot given during pregnancy has been shown to protect both the mother and her baby (up to 6 months old) from flu. (The nasal spray vaccine should not be given to women who are pregnant.) Learn more about the flu vaccine.

The Flu Shot is Safe for Pregnant Women

Flu shots are a safe way to protect the mother and her unborn child from serious illness and complications of flu. The flu shot has been given to millions of pregnant women over many years. Flu shots have not been shown to cause harm to pregnant women or their babies. It is very important for pregnant women to get the flu shot.

Other Preventive Actions

In addition to getting the flu shot, pregnant women should take additional everyday preventive actions.

Early Treatment is Important for Pregnant Women

If you get sick with flu-like symptoms call your doctor right away. If needed, the doctor will prescribe an antiviral medicine that treats the flu.

Having a fever caused by flu infection or other infections early in pregnancy can lead to birth defects in an unborn child. Pregnant women who get a fever should treat their fever with Tylenol® (or store brand equivalent) and contact their doctor as soon as possible.

When to Seek Emergency Medical Care

If you have any of these signs, call 911 right away:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • High fever that is not responding to Tylenol® (or store brand equivalent)
  • Decreased or no movement of your baby

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Registered: 09-21-2007
Mon, 11-14-2011 - 8:52pm
Oops...Ok, so the vaccine works for multiple strains..my bad! Thanks for the correction, though. At least I was accurate on it not protecting against all of them, lol. I'm glad that I now have the correct information!


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Registered: 03-25-2003
Mon, 11-14-2011 - 11:11pm

I'm glad you're feeling better now.

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Registered: 07-06-2011
Tue, 11-15-2011 - 9:44am
I saw my OB yesterday for my 34 week check up and she said that the flu shot probably helped reduce the amt of days I was down with the flu and my symptoms were probably not full blown because the flu shot. So maybe it was a blessing after all to get it!
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Registered: 03-25-2003
Tue, 11-15-2011 - 11:06am
I hope you're back up to 100%!!

While technically we're given a choice on whether to get it or not, the hospital I work at strongly recommends it. Having seen some really sick people from the H1N1 strain 2 years ago, and many of them young women, for me, it's not even a choice. But then again I take x-rays and do CT scans on sick people all day, so I'm exposed to everything fun!

I still need to get my daughter into get the nasal mist (has a higher chance of protecting was the last study I read) and I don't know if DH is going to get it or not. My son already did since he had an appointment for a different issue in the last month.

Even if it doesn't protect you 100% against the flu, for us, it's worth getting :-)