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October 2nd, 2012, 07:15 PM
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Who is getting the flu shot? What did your doctor say about it?
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October 2nd, 2012, 07:24 PM
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I haven't yet, but it's on my list of Q's to ask at my next appointment on Monday!
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October 2nd, 2012, 08:50 PM
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I'm going to ask about the flu shot at my appointment on Friday. I'm also going to bring up the discussion we had about pertussis here.

I've never had a flu shot, and I don't have much interest in getting one. They pushed it at my GP when they took out my IUD (you know, "just in case," whatever), but not a peep about it at my midwives' office.

I feel unsettled about it.* As an added incentive, however, my elderly and ill FIL lives with us, and I'd feel awful if I brought home a flu that made him even sicker... so we might have flu shots all around this year, I haven't decided yet.


*I'll vaccinate our children (on a delayed schedule), but I feel like flu is generally doable. It is so rarely life-threatening, not nearly as dangerous as measles, it seems like the shot is convenient but not life-saving, and that's my hesitation.
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October 2nd, 2012, 09:02 PM
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No flu shot for me! Never had one and never want one. Wash your hands and be mindful of sick people but theres no way they're putting any virus near me!
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October 2nd, 2012, 09:16 PM
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i get one because it's required for work. I have never had a major problem with getting the flu but i dont wanna carry the virus around and give it to all the sick kiddos i work with. My husband and son dont get it though
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October 2nd, 2012, 09:16 PM
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I asked my doctor this yesterday at my appointment and she said she highly recommended it. So I guess I will get one. I never get a flu shot but I would rather be safe I guess??
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October 2nd, 2012, 09:42 PM
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I'm going to ask about the flu shot at my appointment on Friday. I'm also going to bring up the discussion we had about pertussis here.

I've never had a flu shot, and I don't have much interest in getting one. They pushed it at my GP when they took out my IUD (you know, "just in case," whatever), but not a peep about it at my midwives' office.

I feel unsettled about it.* As an added incentive, however, my elderly and ill FIL lives with us, and I'd feel awful if I brought home a flu that made him even sicker... so we might have flu shots all around this year, I haven't decided yet.


*I'll vaccinate our children (on a delayed schedule), but I feel like flu is generally doable. It is so rarely life-threatening, not nearly as dangerous as measles, it seems like the shot is convenient but not life-saving, and that's my hesitation.
I agree, the flu is generally doable. The only reason I would consider getting it is if my child was in the NICU or had a serious illness that compromised their immune system. When our youngest was born three weeks early the urged us to get it. Finally did but didn't make anyone else get it as his prematurity wasn't nowhere near severe once he was able to breathe on his own.

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No flu shot for me! Never had one and never want one. Wash your hands and be mindful of sick people but theres no way they're putting any virus near me!
DITTO!! My children know to cough/sneeze into their elbow or shoulder and they will remind everyone they see coughing into their hands to go wash them before they touch anything...and we aren't germaphobes!
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October 2nd, 2012, 10:09 PM
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I got my shot last week Wednesday after my appointment, which was recommended by my Doc. I haven't caught any symptoms from it, just a sore arm for a day!
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October 3rd, 2012, 04:34 AM
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The only time I get the flu shot is when I'm pregnant. I will be getting it again this time around. Getting the shot helps prevent baby from getting the flu once he/she is here and that to me is important.
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October 3rd, 2012, 05:30 AM
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I've never gotten it and won't this time around either. Living in a warm, sunny climate year round helps to make it something I just don't tend to worry about, also.

I'm still undecided on pertussis. *sigh*
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October 3rd, 2012, 05:54 AM
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I probably will, its on my list to ask my dr Tuesday though.
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October 3rd, 2012, 05:56 AM
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I got it and my husband and kids did too! We get it every year. It is highly recommended. The flu is serious....rare but serious......Everyone should get a flu shot but especially pregnant women, elderly, children and anyone with certain health conditions.
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October 3rd, 2012, 06:08 AM
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I've never gotten a flu shot before so I didnt think I would get one while pregnant. I guess I will have to do more research, but I am still thinking no. From my understanding they inject with last year's flu strain, but since the flu is always evolving you could still get a new version of the flu that you aren't immune to. Plus, I have a feeling would be one of the people that get really sick from the vaccination and I HATE needles.

I know a lot of people who have kids have mentioned that I should get one and I know there are benefits, but I would prefer not to vaccinate for the flu. Other diseases though, I am still undecided.
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October 3rd, 2012, 06:19 AM
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I have to. I'm military, and it is mandatory for pregnant women. I got it about two weeks ago and was incredibly tired for about 3 days. May have been a coincidence, but I'm not sure.

As for pertussis, I'm already vaccinated, it is part of our required vaccines and I get it every however many years it is good for. Fun stuff. Flu can be incredibly dangerous for an unborn child. Incredibly dangerous for a pregnant woman because her body is not at peak performance. I truly believe it is not harmful.
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October 3rd, 2012, 06:23 AM
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getting it. Did with my other two as well, mainly because I have asthma and if I get sick I get really sick and dont want to be ill and have to worry about a newborn too. Plus the kids got theirs with 5 children 7 and under (Not counting the LO). Germs spread Like wildfire, one gets the sniffles and you and bet in a week atleast 1or 2 others will.If I can decrease the chance of him getting sick then I will.
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October 3rd, 2012, 06:40 AM
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I work in a cesspool of germs (gotta love human services!) and usually spend the winter being sick constantly so i decided to get the flu shot this year. I think next year our organization will be making it madatory.
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October 3rd, 2012, 06:43 AM
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The protection from a flu shot during pregnancy is two-fold...it helps you because your immunity is lowered while pregnant so a bad flu could really hit you hard and be dangerous and its for the babys immunity for their first months of life since you pass it to them. It is true that the flu is always evolving (as with most viruses) but if I can try to lower the risk at all, it is worth it to me.

I will be getting the flu shot again this pregnancy. I never got the flu shot until I was pregnant with my son and I had no symptoms other than a sore upper arm for the evening after. My husband will be getting it as well.
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October 3rd, 2012, 06:58 AM
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My dr mentioned it at last appt but I was sick that day. I'm here now waiting to see her. I know they say it's worse for pregnant women to get the flu and I know any virus/fever in the mother can harm the baby. All that said....I do know there are so many different strains of flu so it does seem kinda pointless. :/. I guess if she presses me about it then I'll get it.
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October 3rd, 2012, 07:03 AM
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I have never gotten the flu and I almost laughed at the idea of getting a flu shot now that I do not live in a wintery climate. But, after speaking with the nurse and getting mroe info I found out that 1. the flu is terrible to get while pregnant and 2. it is not a live virus (they will not give the nasal version to pregnant people) so you cannot get the flu from the shot. The worst that happens is maybe some muscle aches, mostly from the site location of the shot. So I went ahead and got it. I'm not one to get extra shots when not needed, but this one seemed important, so I got it and the TDAP on the same day.
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October 3rd, 2012, 07:38 AM
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I've never had one, but after it was highly recommended by the MW I first met with at the practice I read into it. It made sense to me for all the reasons listed above.^^ So I will be getting it.

TDAP I will also be getting, but I've been leaning towards immediately after delivery. I'll also ask the doc about this tomorrow (he's a young guy, new to the practice who I haven't met before). DH is already TDAP vaccinated. Kind of wish one of my docs last year had thought of this before I actually *got* pregnant. We live in a high-incidence area. And having had whooping cough once when I was 20, I would do anything I could to possibly prevent my infant from catching it.
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