Has everyone gotten one, or if you haven't yet, are you going to?
I've never gotten a flu shot, so I won't be getting one this year either. They've always offered them for free at work, but the amount of people getting them has gone down every year. Almost every person who gets them ends up sick.
Yes got mine on Saturday. My GP surgery called me in as I have asthma and pregnant, apparently our immunity is lowered and we are more at risk of swine flu. For me an acute asthma attack is so frightening so I have it. H x
I got mine a little over a month ago! I'm glad I did because now i'm dealing with a nasty cold...i've had it for over a week.
I just got mine today. I get one every year because of my job anyway.I was supposed to get it 2 weeks ago but because I got that crazy cold they had me wait for it to clear up.
Like Julie, I have never gotten them and never had a problem.
I'm slightly concerned about it now that i'm pregnant, and I know it's better to get it done but still haven't decided. I'll ask my OB tomorrow.
I'm actually more concerned about getting the vaccine for whooping cough (or maybe it's called something else)... that's something I definitely don't want to pass onto my baby.
I got mine a couple weeks ago. I get the flu every year. DH works in a school I didnt want to risk it this year.
Got mine at my 8 week appointment.
Nope wont get one. My kids dont get one either
I got mine last week. I get one every year at work, where they set up a flu shot clinic. My doctor said to make sure it's the vaccine without mercury.
I got a flu shot a few years ago and it made me SO sick for weeks. Never again!! (and I haven't had the flu since)
I just got back from an appointment with my OB, and she said she highly recommends the shot for pregnant women.
I'm just terrified that the same thing will happen to me Karen. I never get the flu shot, and the last thing I want is to get sick because of it
You just have to research and come to your own conclusions. Very few doctors don't recommend the flu vaccine...and every other possible vaccine known to man. Google flu shot statistics and see what comes up. You will be surprised. The only site I wouldn't use is the CDC. Can we say conflict of interest? You can also google how many big shots from the CDC slid right into high paying careers with major drug companies that the CDC keeps in the money through their recommendations. However, other sites will link you in with CDC studies that they hide on the back pages.
Thanks ladies. I wasn't planning on getting one. I have never gotten one and I also know people who get them that always get sick. I'll ask the midwife but it's doubtful that I will. I'm not opposed to some medications, etc. because some are truly helpful but I alway prefer to find a natural alternative than go for whatever drugs or solutions are the "top recommendation." Again, medicine has it's place but I agree with Julie that research should be done first and then come to a conclusion.
@perez, I also heard about making sure to not get the one with mercury and that pregnant women also shouldn't take the nasal type. I can't remember what was the deal with that one but it did cause me to think even more about it.
I got mine last week, my work offers them for free and I've been getting them for the past 8 years. Personally, I have never been sick after getting the shot.
But, note that each year the flu vaccine targets different strains of flu, based on what scientists determine will be the "popular" strains of that year. I think it only covers 2 or 3 strains, so it IS possible you can become sick with a different strain of flu even if you got the flu shot. But you cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine, that's a myth. It's dead virus they inject. If you got sick you either were exposed to the virus already or came down with another flu strain.
The year that H1N1 hit my mom and I actually became sick with it before the flu shot was offered. It was the worst two weeks of my life, chills, fever, nausea, my body felt like it was hit by a truck! I can't imagine going through that pregnant. No thank you. And I have asthma so combine that with pregnancy and I'm at a higher risk.
I work for an organization that runs nursing homes, and I see all the deaths and hospitalizations that occur from our seniors getting the flu. I just see it as...the more people who get vaccinated the less likely the "high risk" groups will be affected. It's called herd immunity.
But yeah, that's just my personal experience, I understand some may have a different opinion but try to make the best educated decision you can!
Well said SunnyC you can't get the flu from a flu jab. I also have had the flu and the thought of that and pregnant was a big no for me H x
I am very big on vaccines but even more so now that I am pregnant. When you get sick and are pregnant, there is not much you or a doctor can do and I can't tell you how hard it is to be in a hospital, pregnant and knowing that your baby is at risk.
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and opinions. @SunnyCanadian, yes, I do weigh everything before making a decision so no worries there!