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: 10-24-2008
Mon, 10-27-2008 - 9:32pm
Here's a story you should take some time to view. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL2mRJMnqKI
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Barbara
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Registered: 01-25-2006
Tue, 10-28-2008 - 9:32am

Thanks for the "lively" debate!
I know everyone has to make informed decisions based on their own circumstances. Since I am due in a few weeks, I hope to be able to have the Flumist (nasal) vaccine post-partum rather than subject my baby to thimerasol in the injectable given to preggo moms. I had to request the thimerasol-free vax for my toddler and am happy with that choice.

Best wishes for an illness-free season.
Roxane

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Tue, 10-28-2008 - 10:57am
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Tue, 10-28-2008 - 11:11am
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Registered: 07-17-2005
Tue, 10-28-2008 - 11:40am

I don't know, I have read about these conspiracy theories, I don't know what to think. Until I recently got a good understanding of AIDS and our government's role, I would never believe such as that. Now I'm not sure what to believe any more when it comes to what the government is doing. I don't want to believe any of it. But Autism is not something I would think is a conspiracy theory because of the obvious logic. Baby is normal, baby has shot, baby is not normal...that is undisputable and any parent who went through it will attest to that.

But the point is - does the Flu Mist shed? From everything I've read, it certainly does.

I sent the video because I lack the time to find articles for her. My hopes is that the video will spur her curiosity and make her want to research it herself. I do know how hard that is though. But of course, you already know all about the difficulties in finding valid papers, the disappearance of said papers and the moving around of said papers.

A lot of vaccines shed. People should learn which ones they are...then they could educate a doctor or two. That said because two doctors argued that point with me once an I changed their minds.

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Tue, 10-28-2008 - 12:05pm

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Focusing on "autism" is simply confusing and obfuscating

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