Flu shot/Flu mist? Yes or No?

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Registered: 10-28-2005
Flu shot/Flu mist? Yes or No?
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Fri, 10-29-2010 - 11:31am

It seems like everybody I know is getting vaccinated against the flu this year. I have never gotten the vaccine. Should I? What are the pros and cons? (I have tried to get it a couple times but told I couldn't because I was pregnant or nursing. I guess that doesn't stop it these days but it did 6-12 years ago.)


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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-18-2008
Fri, 10-29-2010 - 12:49pm

I was actually coming to post the same question.... except that I am pregnant and on my EC board someone raised the question asking who would get the flu shot.

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Registered: 05-02-2004
Sat, 10-30-2010 - 11:32am
I got the shot while pregnant with all three kids (11-6 years ago.) I usually catch every cold that comes along, and it is my understanding that if the mother has the shot before birth she will pass immunity along to the baby through breast milk.

Mist may be different - I tried to get it for my 5 year old who gets virally induced asthma. The store said he could not get the mist if he had an asthma attack in the previous 12 months, but he could get a shot, except that that particular store does not give shots to kids under 12. My doctor didn't have the vaccine yet. We ended up giving his brother and sister the mist, I got the shot (so at least the family wouldn't give it to him,) and a few weeks later he got the shot at a different store with different rules. Unfortunately, my kids take after me and get every cold that comes along.
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Registered: 10-01-2010
Sat, 11-13-2010 - 11:15am

We don't vaccinate, and my sons and I have never had the Flu shot. My husband and I married a few years ago, and we were just talking about the flu shot last night. My son asked my husband - when was the last time he had the flu?

It was 2003, the year we met, the last time he got a flu shot. He still got very ill with the

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 3:43pm
Jennifer, recognize you from the middle school/high school board. OT but, how is Felicia liking/disliking the prospects of becoming a big sister?

As for flu shot, the kids and I have never had one, even when I was pregnant. DH used to get them, and always got sick afterwards. He was required to while in the army, but hasn't gotten one since he was discharged 3 years ago.
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Registered: 07-18-2008
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 4:06pm
I do remember you from that board. Felicia is quite excited about the baby and a little bummed I didn't have one before she was going to be leaving for college...
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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 4:38pm
I was just starting to be on it more and more before the board change over hit and its been hard to get back on it lately... That is awesome that she is excited! Jordyn wasn't real thrilled with the idea (and actually still isn't much LOL!) I'm sure it'll be even nicer and more of a reason for her to come home for visits!
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Registered: 07-18-2008
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 4:53pm
Yeah... with the new board changes I have a hard time even accessing the boards... I got the message that IE can't open that window all the time.

I'm so glad she is excited; it could've gone either way. She's planning to be home most of this summer and I'll be on maternity leave so I think that will be nice.
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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 4:58pm
That'll be nice. Jordyn was a wonderful help to me the first time around. DH was deployed that entire first summer I was on maternity leave. Congrats to you!
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Registered: 05-02-2006
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 5:00pm

I don't normally post on this debate board but thought I would just jump in.

My family all gets the flu shot every year (my boys get the mist, Dh and I get the shot).

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 5:48pm

Hi Traci - good to see you here! Your experience reminds me of all the articles Fio has been posting about vitamin D - I am sure there was one recently about vitamin D and the flu. I will look and see if I can find it.

It makes sense then that you were well in California with all the sunshine and not as well in Minnesota, where the weather is so changable. Do you take any vitamin D supplements?

I used to get the flu all the time, but I have realized that I haven't even had a cold since I upped my vitamin D according to what Fio told me - 1,000 per 25 lbs weight. It sounds like a lot, I know.

We live in Southern Ontario and it has been in the high 60s and as low as minus 2 lately - so I know what you mean about changeable weather!

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