Flu Shot Or Not

55 Replies
Maria - October 27

Hi, I am 8 weeks pregnant and my Dr. said I could get the flu shot now. So I did. I guess every Dr. gives there own opinion on this topic, as I see some Dr's say wait till the 2nd tri and others say day 1 of pregnancy is okay.

 

Tess - October 27

I will definitely get a flu shot on my next OB appt. by then Im 13 wks preggo. :P

 

Pam - October 27

Last time I got the flu shot (7 years ago) was the only winter I actually got the flu! It was awful, but I think I was not feeling 100% when I got the actual shot so I got sick not long after. If you do get the shot, make sure you do not have a cold or anything. Either way, I am not getting it. I feel like I'll get the flu IF I get the shot. That's just how I feel.

 

steph - October 27

I am 10 weeks pregnant & my doctor said to wait until second trimester.

 

mrl - October 30

I was told absolutely NOT to get the flu shot...The best thing to do is try to avoid anyone who's got it and up your vitamin C uptake, as to strengthen your body's natural defense mechanism...

 

Mere - November 6

i went to get my flu shot and was told they dont give them to women in their 1st trimester just to be safe but after that you can get one

 

Melissa - November 7

My OB said to get it - fever from flu can cause terrible harm to baby. Flu shot is not a live vaccine so its ok.

 

liz - November 7

I'm ten weeks and my doctor said it's important for me to get a flew shot. She did however tell me I should wait untill I was in the second trimester. She also said getting the flu can be very dangerous to a pregnancy , so I definately getting the shot

 

A - November 7

DON'T DO IT! It has mercury in it and no matter what your doctor says...it CAN be harmful to YOU and your BABY! It is just another way for these guys to keep making money at OUT expense and health!

 

Sharon - November 14

I'm 12 weeks and just got my flu shot today. At my OB last week, they had big signs everywhere saying flu shots are highly recommended for pregnant women and are considered safe at any point in pregnancy (they'd also told me at my first visit that I should arrange to get one). I've never had a flu shot before but I have asthma and tend to develop bronchitis easily anyway so I figured the benefits outweigh the risks seeing that I will be pregnant during the height of flu season. I also found this site useful for addressing your concerns: http://www.keepkidshealthy.com/pregnancy/flu_shots_pregnancy.html

 

Laura - November 14

My doctor won't let me get one in the first trimester.

 

N - November 14

This is from the CDC website and this is what dr's go by regarding immunizations...The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the 13 major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services, especially for those people who are least able to help themselves. Influenza (Inactivated) "Because of the increased risk for influenza-related complications, women who will be pregnant during the influenza season should be vaccinated." "Vaccination can occur in any trimester."

 

G - November 14

Don't get the flu shot! It was only ever intended for elderly people now everyone is getting it and it's weakening everyones natural defenses. The flu shot is bad and it really is a way for pharma companies to make money. I never ever get the flu shot and I never get the flu. I know loads of people who get it and seem to get sick a lot with colds. It's just not natural and you don't need it.

 

Kim - November 14

I agree with you G! I've never had a flu shot and have never been sick with it as an adult.

 

TM - November 15

I know the one time (several years ago) I took the flu shot and I got sick with a terrible cold 4 days later, i don't know if it was coincidence or due to flu shot. Now that I am pg, I don't think I will get one, unless my midwife/MD suggests it. I have been a nurse for 8 yrs and have never got another one and i have been lucky to not get sick with the flu. As a matter of fact I don't get sick much at all. I think washing your hands properly and often (or at least using hand sanitizer) is one of the best ways to avoid colds, or flu. I also don't touch face/eyes/mouth without washing hands. I know it sounds simple and stupid but it always has worked for me.

 

to TM - November 15

It is simple but VERY effective. Good Luck!

 

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