Is it safe for a pregnant woman to get a flu shot?

I' m 32 weeks pregnant and I'm getting a flu shot in the morning. With my first pregnancy, my doctor highly recommended that I get one...just wanted to make sure that nothing has changed.
If you're pregnant, have you gotten a flu shot yet or do you plan on getting one?

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JacksMama613

Asked by JacksMama613 at 9:37 PM on Nov. 22, 2008 in Health

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  • If you are expecting a baby during cold , flu, or RSV season it is best to have the vaccine. The common Cold can turn deadly in a newborn. I get the flu shot every year because I am an EMT, but this year I was one of the first in line expecting my second son in Jan. My first son had RSV at 4 months and that was terrifying.

    As far a Mercury goes, there is more in a can of tuna than any vaccine. There is absolutely NO proof any vaccine causes Autism.
    darcibeisheim

    Answer by darcibeisheim at 11:53 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • I had one when I was pregnant with Hayden. I am immune compromised though so I would have to get them anyway... On the Docrtors show (channel 7) they said they advise pregnant women to get them.
    Haydensmom326

    Answer by Haydensmom326 at 9:42 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • i would never get a flu shot while pregnant! The flu shot has more mercury in it than any other vaccine, and WAY more than all fish you are recommended not to eat during pregnancy that have high levels of mercury in them. Why would you shoot yourself up with something they you have already been warned against accidentally consuming?? I have no idea why they are recommending pregnant women get the flu shot on one end, and then tell them not to eat tuna on the other. It just does not make sense! There is more mercury in that shot than months worth of servings of high mercury fish. Mercury poisoning can be devastating to a baby's vulnerable, developing brain and can cause many neurological problems down the road. Do the safe thing for preventing the flu, and wash your hands often!
    lillys_mommy09

    Answer by lillys_mommy09 at 9:42 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • Yes, they recommend a flu shot after the 13 week mark
    emturner

    Answer by emturner at 9:42 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • Lilysmommy09 she wasnt looking for the autism stuff...she just wanted a simple answer...she has a 2 year old who could get the flu and give it to her....washing ur hands may be simple to u but maybe not so easily done.
    Heather12381

    Answer by Heather12381 at 10:07 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • Its recommended so many woman get it. I got it and we are all fine. I think your doctor knows whats best for you individually.

    Nikkisabella

    Answer by Nikkisabella at 10:32 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • I had one done at about 18 weeks. The nurse said that if I was 14 weeks and under I had to get a doctors note. Doctor told me to get one so I did. Also I heard from our school nurse (I teach in a middle school) that if you get one later in your pregnancy like you are, that it can protect your baby for awhile.
    vickwu

    Answer by vickwu at 10:43 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • WOW, the flu shot is the most ineffective vaccine on the market. Even before I became enlightened to the dangers of vaccines I knew this. Why take the chance? Do some real research instead of asking moms who have no medical training and probably haven't researched the topic themselves. The absolute best book on the market is "The Vaccine Safety Manual for Concerned Parents and Health Practitioners". Please buy it, no opinions, no conjecture, just facts from strictly medical references. I would never advocate ANY vaccine. They are not safe, effective, or necessary. Please do not get the flu shot!
    antivaccinemom

    Answer by antivaccinemom at 11:05 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • Heather- this isn't just about autism, there are many other problems that mercury poisoning has been linked to other than autism. She asked if anything has changed, and a lot has. There is much more information out there than parents need to take in to account. I wish someone had told my mother about the dangers of vaccinations while pregnant and while not. I would much rather suffer through the flu than have my baby suffer from neurological damage!
    lillys_mommy09

    Answer by lillys_mommy09 at 11:12 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • FYI - there are thimerosol-free flu vaccinations out there! Even if there weren't, flu vaccinations only contain a trace amount of the preservative thimerosol... People are warned to stay away from methyl mercury. Thimerosol contains ethyl mercury which is metabolized differently than methyl and excreted very quickly from the body. The way ethyl mercury is bound, it can't be utilized by the body like the other type of mercury (methyl - the toxic type) I was looking for what DOCTORS were saying, not your opinions on mercury. It's not about me not wanting to "suffer" through the flu, it's about protecting my baby from the flu and respiratory infections for the first 6 months of his life. Anyways, thank you to the people that actually answered my question.
    JacksMama613

    Answer by JacksMama613 at 11:35 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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