New here w/? re: flu vax when preggo

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Registered: 01-25-2006
New here w/? re: flu vax when preggo
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Fri, 10-17-2008 - 2:40pm

Are there any moms on here who might have had the flu vaccine while pregnant? I am particularly curious about moms who did AND have children diagnosed with any form of autism or developmental delays.

It seems that while thimerosal has been banned from vaccinations in general, it is still allowed in the flu vax (both injectable and nasal.) Unless one specifically requests the thimerosal-free vax, the standard dose contains the mercury- based preservative. I cannot find much info regarding the impact of this on a developing fetus, but it troubles me a great deal. Considering that the byproducts, thus neurotoxicity, can linger for a year+, it seems that the fragile fetal system could take a very real hit during development in utero and beyond.

Any thoughts or are there any links to similar discussions/pertinent studies?

Thanks,
Roxane

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Registered: 12-14-2000
Sat, 10-18-2008 - 11:30pm

Interesting stuff.

 

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Registered: 12-14-2005
Mon, 10-20-2008 - 11:00am

I had the flu shot while pregnant and Kiera's normal.

I took it because I my Ob and Doctor were quite concerned about how sick I was already. I had severe all-day/all-night sickness that if it weren't for diclectin (?) I would have been hospitalized. They were very concerned about what would happen if I got the flu with an already run down system.






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Registered: 03-25-2003
Mon, 10-20-2008 - 12:44pm

OMG Karin, that's horrible...I am so glad you and your son are ok after all that.


My dear friend Frannie died this past May...same thing happened to her, flu, pneumonia,


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Registered: 07-17-2005
Mon, 10-20-2008 - 5:45pm

That sounds awful Tash. What were you already sick from? I thought you had mentioned it on this board before, I'm just forgetful.

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Registered: 10-18-2007
Mon, 10-20-2008 - 9:05pm

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Me too.

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Registered: 12-14-2000
Mon, 10-20-2008 - 10:33pm

I'm sorry to hear about your friend...and grateful every day that the awesome docs at RI Hospital and then Women & Infants were able to save me.

 

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Registered: 12-14-2005
Tue, 10-21-2008 - 11:18am

I had severe morning sickness. I could barely keep food down for the first 16 weeks of my pregnancy which meant I was very run down in general.

I resisted diclectin (http://diclectin.com/) till the point I was told I would have to go into the hospital to remain hydrated/feed via IV. I took it for almost the remainder of my pregnancy - stopped in my third trimester. But without it after those first 16 weeks I vomited constantly.

Kiera's worth every puke I had :)






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Registered: 07-17-2005
Tue, 10-21-2008 - 12:43pm

Oh what an awful time you had! I'm so sorry you had to go though all that!

"Kiera's worth every puke I had :)"

I know she is!!! I saw pictures of her about a year ago, you posted something on here that led me to pictures...she's a beautiful little girl!

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Registered: 10-23-2008
Thu, 10-23-2008 - 9:39am
I had a flu shot the last two pregnancies and NEVER had an issues. The flu during pregnancy can be so dangerous to an unborn child. I would highly recommend researching this before deciding not to.
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Registered: 06-05-2008
Thu, 10-23-2008 - 12:09pm
For me, I NEVER get the flu shot. So, to get it while I'm pregnant? Forget about it! No way I'm injecting that junk into my body nor my baby's developing little body. That's cruel, IMO.
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