Flu Shot Very Early

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NervousLiz - October 24

I was given a flu shot before I knew I was pregnant. I estimate it was given to me about 5 days after conception. I am very scared about this since the shot did have thimiserol in it. Dr. said I shouldn't worry - there don't seem to be studies on this. Anyone else had a flu shot early in the pregnancy?

 

BabyMakes7 - October 25

Try not to worry, and trust your doctor. There's nothing you can do now anyway. The things I read spoke of the value of the flu shot during pregnancy for its benefits to the infant post birth. Stay positive!

 

Chimerasai - October 26

This is from the Mayo Clinic's website. My flu shot is scheduled for tomorrow: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu shots for all women who will be pregnant during influenza season. In North America, peak flu season is usually November to March. Because the flu shot is made from killed (inactivated) influenza virus, it is considered safe during any stage of pregnancy. However, pregnant women should not use the nasal-spray flu vaccine, which is made with live, weakened influenza virus. Pregnancy can affect your immune system and also put extra stress on your heart and lungs. As a result, you may be at increased risk of not only getting the flu but of developing serious complications of the flu, including pneumonia. In addition, pregnant women with the flu are far more likely to require hospitalization for flu complications than are women with the flu who aren't pregnant.

 

Chimerasai - October 26

And this is from the CDC's website: Is it safe for pregnant women to receive an influenza vaccine that contains thimerosal? Yes. A study of influenza vaccination examining over 2,000 pregnant women demonstrated no adverse fetal effects a__sociated with influenza vaccine. Case reports and limited studies indicate that pregnancy can increase the risk for serious medical complications of influenza. One study found that out of every 10,000 women in their third trimester of pregnancy during an average flu season, 25 will be hospitalized for flu related complications. Additionally, influenza-a__sociated excess deaths among pregnant women have been doc_mented during influenza pandemics. Because pregnant women are at increased risk for influenza-related complications and because a substantial safety margin has been incorporated into the health guidance values for organic mercury exposure, the benefits of influenza vaccine with reduced or standard thimerosal content outweighs the theoretical risk, if any, of thimerosal.

 

Chimerasai - October 26

Hope that info helped relieve your fears. relax and enjoy your pregnancy!

 

NervousLiz - October 27

Thank you for this - yes, it does make me feel better, especially the CDC answer that specifically comments on Thimiserol. I can't help but be a worrier, but I definitely won't be in such a panic as I was the last few weeks. Good luck to you.

 

sadiejai - October 27

Hi there....Im 8 weeks pregnant and went for my check up with my doctor today. She recommended I get a flu shot. I got one today...i wouldnt be worried. :) Happy Healthy 9 months.

 

nervousme - November 9

nervous liz...please please tell me your outcome? i am in the exact same position

 

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