Flu Shot

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to Jess and Kimmy - October 26

Side effects of receiving the flu shot, can be fever and feeling unwell, which is probably what the people who say they got sick from the shot are referring to . You are correct though the shot given to pregnant women is not a live virus. Another very rare side effect of the shot is Guillain-Barré syndrome. Also Kimmy, they only GUESS which of the viruses will be prevalent during the upcoming flu season, they could be wrong. There are many strains of the flu virus and getting a shot for one or three of them does not protect you from the other strains going around.

 

Erin - October 26

The shot also does not guarantee that you will not get the flu, it is just more likely you will not. Last year when I got the shot, I got the flu about a month and a half later and the dr said my body must have rejected the vaccine. A lot of people say better safe than sorry, but I think it is really up to you. Since it is not a guarantee, you many not want to do it, or you may want to lower your risk. I personally wouldn't get one again and I think it is wrong of people to tell you that you will be putting your baby at risk if you don't get one. That is not true because you can get a differnt flu and put your baby at risk even after you get it.

 

C - October 26

It takes 6 to 8 weeks for the antibodies to fully protect you..

 

C - October 26

I looked that "side effect" up: Guillain-Barré Syndrome In 1976, swine flu vaccine was a__sociated with a severe paralytic illness called Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). Influenza vaccines since then have not been clearly linked to GBS; however, if there is a risk of GBS from current influenza vaccines, it is estimated that it would occur in 1 or 2 cases per million persons vaccinated; much less than the risk of developing severe complications to influenza.

 

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