Preggo ladies - Will you get the H1N1...

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Registered: 09-29-2006
Preggo ladies - Will you get the H1N1...
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Wed, 10-21-2009 - 9:19am

Preggo ladies - Will you get the H1N1 vaccine?



  • Yes, and I always get the flu shot
  • Yes, even though I don't normally get the flu shot
  • No
  • Haven't decided


You will be able to change your vote.


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Registered: 09-29-2006
Wed, 10-21-2009 - 9:28am

I know everything about H1N1 has been a hot topic these days, on iVillage, and just about everywhere else. But I don't think we've had a poll like this on our board, and I would be very interested in your feedback...

AFM, I do not normally get the flu vaccine. My primary reasoning is that I am young and healthy and believe that my body would be capable of coping with the flu if I got it (although I don't think I ever had actual influenza). Also, since I don't live or work with any vulnerable populations, such as seniors or young children, this wasn't a consideration.

I'm now seriously considering getting the H1N1 shot - if only because I keep hearing that pregnant women "should be the first to get it." I have read that there will be one available to pregnant women that does not contain the adjuvants or mercury, so this was encouraging. I'm still undecided, though, and want to have a better understanding of what my risk would be if I did catch H1N1, before I decide whether to get the shot.


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Registered: 04-03-2008
Wed, 10-21-2009 - 11:31am
I don't normally get a flu shot and I won't be getting the H1N1. I don't come in contact with a lot of kids or people and my doctor didn't suggest I get it. I don't think it is neccesary but I understand why some people are getting it.



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Registered: 12-28-2005
Wed, 10-21-2009 - 12:26pm

i've never gotten a flu shot, and i decided not to get the H1N1 shot either.



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Registered: 12-17-2007
Wed, 10-21-2009 - 1:26pm

The thing is that they're seeing people who are otherwise healthy getting very sick from H1N1, which is why it's especially important for pregnant women to get it. Meanwhile, the H1N1 vaccine has been just as tested as the yearly flu vaccines are - that's why it was late in coming out. If H1N1 had cropped up earlier in the year, it would have just been part of the yearly flu vaccine and we wouldn't be having these discussions. So, if you are getting the regular flu vaccine, it would seem silly to me to not also get the H1N1.

I never got the flu vaccine before last year when I was pregnant. And I got it again this year because Patrick hasn't been able to be vaccinated yet. I'm not sure what I'll do next year once we can just get him vaccinated himself. (Patrick will be getting the seasonal and H1N1 vaccines next week at his 6-month appt.)

Which actually reminds me that for this year, getting the flu and H1N1 vaccines mean that your babies being born during flu season will have immunity too, which is particularly important. On my EC we've already had one baby hospitalized with H1N1.

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Registered: 07-14-2008
Wed, 10-21-2009 - 10:35pm

Initially I wasn't going to get it, but I've changed my mind.

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Registered: 10-03-2008
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 1:01am

This is right at the top of my fretting list right now. Initially I was against it, but now I'm not so sure. I know that in the US the CDC says there is NO adjuvant in the vaccine & we can get it without mercury too. Since those were my main concerns

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Registered: 08-24-2005
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 9:23am

I wont be getting it, simply because the flu season is over in this part of the world. When the H1N1 was in all the rage for us, the vaccine was still developing...


I'll probably get it

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Registered: 03-29-2008
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 11:10am
I always get a flu shot because I am a teacher.

-Suzie :)

 

 

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Registered: 05-24-2007
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 2:36pm

Initially I was against it, not wanting to be the "guinea pig" for this new vaccine. But lots of things swayed me the other way, to where I'll get the H1N1 vaccine, but not the flu vaccine.

1. I teach 2nd grade. High exposure to germs every day. This past week, there has been a record number of absences at my school... don't know if due to flu or just various illnesses, but still crazy, seeing that it's only October.
2. My OB strongly suggested it, saying that the chances of any reaction to the shot is nothing compared to the danger I put myself and my baby in if I actually got H1N1.
3. From what I understand, the flu shot is "new" every year anyway, and the H1N1 vaccine is just as new as the 2009 flu shot.
4. Due to the timing of the outbreak, the H1N1 shot is separate from the flu shot. Otherwise they would have just mixed it in with the regular flu shot, and there wouldn't be much to debate.
5. I would rather get the shot, than spend the entire flu season paranoid and stressed out about catching it from someone. Of course I'll still wash hands often and do other preventative measures, but I will sleep better at night knowing baby and I are protected.

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