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Flu shots pose no extra risk of pregnancy loss: study

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WASHINGTON — Pregnant women in Norway who got vaccinated against the swine flu virus that caused the 2009-2010 pandemic showed no increased risk of pregnancy loss, contrary to popular belief, says a study released Thursday.

Pregnant women who came down with the flu did however have increased risk of miscarriage and still birth, said the study carried out in Norway.

Scientists at the US National Institutes of Health and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health published their findings online in the New England Journal of Medicine.

During the H1N1 flu pandemic, Norway urged pregnant women to get vaccinated. But some expectant mothers shied from this after news reports of pregnancy losses after flu shots.

The researchers said their study suggested that influenza infection may increase the risk of fetal loss.

They reached their conclusion by analyzing Norway's well-kept archives of registries and medical records.

The risk of pregnancy loss can be multiplied by a factor of two if a pregnant woman catches the flu, while vaccination reduced this risk.

"Most important is that vaccinations protect pregnant women against influenza illness, which could be harmful for both the mother and the baby," said Allen Wilcox of the NIH, co-author of the study.



What do you think? Are you more likely to get the flu shot now?

by on Jan. 18, 2013 at 9:44 AM
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Autumn19
by Ruby Member on Jan. 18, 2013 at 5:38 PM
i dont trust flu shots. The 2 yrs me and ds got them we were more sick than with out them.
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Cynthje
by Gold Member on Jan. 18, 2013 at 6:37 PM

I am from one of the many countries where pregnant women are not adviced to get flu shots, children arent either, its just not pushed like it is in the US. I would never get a flu shot ourside of pregancy and i never got one while pregnant.


Pandapanda
by Cafe Panda on Jan. 18, 2013 at 6:41 PM
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Maybe not, but the insert that comes with the vaccine states that there is no evidence proving that the vaccine decreases the odds of contracting the illness.

Amycapl
by on Jan. 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Boy this got ugly fast. Some people in here should be ashamed of themselves.

I got my flu shot this year just like I do every year. It's the best choice for me and my family =)
cali_angel_girl
by Amy on Jan. 18, 2013 at 11:39 PM

I'm not pregnant at the moment but no that wouldn't make it more likley that I get the flu shot because I don't do the flu shot pregnant or not.

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Pandapanda
by Cafe Panda on Jan. 18, 2013 at 11:52 PM
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You 100% trust someone who turns their back on medical science, proving their suggestions and "professional opinion" is not the safest, healthiest route?

You must not understand that hospitals, doctor offices, and independant practitioners all have some form of contract with different companies, meant to promote a product to patients. Be it vaccines, formula, diapers, specific medications, etc. 

Quoting livingrlovesong:

I HIGHLY doubt you are more educated than I am, but that's really a mute point. Now who is being rude?



And I never once called anyone stupid, that's not my nature. All I did was respond to the OPs question to get bashed and have others opinions thrown at me. That's awesome if you want to believe everything you read. But yes I 100% trust my doctor. I have 100% researched this subject on my own as well. And for me, I choose to believe my doctor. If I wanted to believe in Santa Claus that's my own right to do so! If I don't ask for your opinion please dont throw it at me like I'm doing something wrong and say "Good Luck" (not you in particular). It's not appreciated.

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u



livingrlovesong
by on Jan. 19, 2013 at 9:52 AM
Seriously? This was over yesterday. Get off of it already. Thanks

Quoting Pandapanda:

You 100% trust someone who turns their back on medical science, proving their suggestions and "professional opinion" is not the safest, healthiest route?

You must not understand that hospitals, doctor offices, and independant practitioners all have some form of contract with different companies, meant to promote a product to patients. Be it vaccines, formula, diapers, specific medications, etc. 

Quoting livingrlovesong:

I HIGHLY doubt you are more educated than I am, but that's really a mute point. Now who is being rude?





And I never once called anyone stupid, that's not my nature. All I did was respond to the OPs question to get bashed and have others opinions thrown at me. That's awesome if you want to believe everything you read. But yes I 100% trust my doctor. I have 100% researched this subject on my own as well. And for me, I choose to believe my doctor. If I wanted to believe in Santa Claus that's my own right to do so! If I don't ask for your opinion please dont throw it at me like I'm doing something wrong and say "Good Luck" (not you in particular). It's not appreciated.



Thank Yo
u



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TAG_ur_it
by Bronze Member on Jan. 19, 2013 at 10:02 AM

with my youngest my doctor sent me home 8cm dilated 90% effaced and zero station. i was 34.5 weeks.  i'd already had preterm labor twice.  i had her later the same day and even then they wanted to send me back home.  

with my second child, i was having contractions for days and my dr. didn't believe me because they didn't come up on the monitor.  he hadn't bothered checking me for 3 months despite early dilation.  he was going to send me home until he checked "just in case" at my insistence.   i was 9cm and delivered a few hours later.  

doctor's are not all knowing.  they make mistakes and sometimes, they just don't want to bother.  not trying to change your mind, but doctors are people too, and make mistakes  regardless of education. that's what malpractice insurance is for.  that is not opinion. that is fact. 

Quoting livingrlovesong:

 I have done my research. But when it comes down to it, I am a firm believer in my doctor is a doctor for a reason. He went to school for all those years. I also work in a hospital. The doctor is not going to give me anything/do anything that is unsafe for me and my child. So when it comes down to it, its not me or my child that needs the 'Good Luck.' But thank you for your OPINION.

Quoting RhondaVeggie:

And that's your choice. If you don't want to look at the research then all anyone can do is wish you luck.


Quoting livingrlovesong:

 Good for you. But im not interested in your links or opinions. My babies were all perfectly healthy. Flu shot and all. Im 11 weeks pregnant now, and I will be getting my flu shot next Tuesday. AND im 1000% positive that this child will be fine to. If I want your opinion, I will ask. But thank you


Quoting louzannalady:


I trust the highly educated people (who have their doctorates) who don't want any legal issues and more familiar with their product, who put information to report adverse reations to VAERS in each package of their product, because they don't KNOW that this is safe for babies! And the CDC site, that lists the ingredients in the shots, so that I can make an informed decision. 



Here is a list, from the CDC of all the vax's ingredients.


http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/b/excipient-table-2.pdf


Here is the first ingredient in the first flu vax listed: beta-Propiolactone.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta-Propiolactone


Here is the second ingredient in the same vax: thiomersal. 


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thiomersal


Here are current inserts to the different flu vaccines, for your consideration. Just hit Ctrl + F and type "pregnant" and it will take you to the segment on pregnancy. Most have it set up for people to report if there are adverse reactions in pregnancy, because they just don't know for sure if there are any. 


http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_fluarix.pdf


http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_flulaval.pdf


http://www.medimmune.com/pdf/products/flumist_pi.pdf


http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM123694.pdf


https://www.vaccineshoppe.com/image.cfm?doc_id=12651%E2%84%91_type=product_pdf




Quoting livingrlovesong:


 I've gotten the flu shot with all of my kids. (althought I did have the swine flu with my oldest son was born) I will get it with this one. I will trust my DOCTOR over internet research anyday




 


 


livingrlovesong
by on Jan. 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Then your dr was obviously a moron. Jeeze people honestly read the damn posts. I trust MY doctor. I wouldnt go to a dr I don't trust. I didn't say ALL doctors. Ever.

Quoting TAG_ur_it:

with my youngest my doctor sent me home 8cm dilated 90% effaced and zero station. i was 34.5 weeks.  i'd already had preterm labor twice.  i had her later the same day and even then they wanted to send me back home.  

with my second child, i was having contractions for days and my dr. didn't believe me because they didn't come up on the monitor.  he hadn't bothered checking me for 3 months despite early dilation.  he was going to send me home until he checked "just in case" at my insistence.   i was 9cm and delivered a few hours later.  

doctor's are not all knowing.  they make mistakes and sometimes, they just don't want to bother.  not trying to change your mind, but doctors are people too, and make mistakes  regardless of education. that's what malpractice insurance is for.  that is not opinion. that is fact. 

Quoting livingrlovesong:

 I have done my research. But when it comes down to it, I am a firm believer in my doctor is a doctor for a reason. He went to school for all those years. I also work in a hospital. The doctor is not going to give me anything/do anything that is unsafe for me and my child. So when it comes down to it, its not me or my child that needs the 'Good Luck.' But thank you for your OPINION.



Quoting RhondaVeggie:

And that's your choice. If you don't want to look at the research then all anyone can do is wish you luck.




Quoting livingrlovesong:



 Good for you. But im not interested in your links or opinions. My babies were all perfectly healthy. Flu shot and all. Im 11 weeks pregnant now, and I will be getting my flu shot next Tuesday. AND im 1000% positive that this child will be fine to. If I want your opinion, I will ask. But thank you




Quoting louzannalady:




I trust the highly educated people (who have their doctorates) who don't want any legal issues and more familiar with their product, who put information to report adverse reations to VAERS in each package of their product, because they don't KNOW that this is safe for babies! And the CDC site, that lists the ingredients in the shots, so that I can make an informed decision. 







Here is a list, from the CDC of all the vax's ingredients.




http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/b/excipient-table-2.pdf




Here is the first ingredient in the first flu vax listed: beta-Propiolactone.




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta-Propiolactone




Here is the second ingredient in the same vax: thiomersal. 




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thiomersal




Here are current inserts to the different flu vaccines, for your consideration. Just hit Ctrl + F and type "pregnant" and it will take you to the segment on pregnancy. Most have it set up for people to report if there are adverse reactions in pregnancy, because they just don't know for sure if there are any. 




http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_fluarix.pdf




http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_flulaval.pdf




http://www.medimmune.com/pdf/products/flumist_pi.pdf




http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM123694.pdf




https://www.vaccineshoppe.com/image.cfm?doc_id=12651%E2%84%91_type=product_pdf








Quoting livingrlovesong:




 I've gotten the flu shot with all of my kids. (althought I did have the swine flu with my oldest son was born) I will get it with this one. I will trust my DOCTOR over internet research anyday








 




 


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livingrlovesong
by on Jan. 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM
It always does if you don't agree with people. So much for supportive moms around the site. It's pathetic

Quoting Amycapl:

Boy this got ugly fast. Some people in here should be ashamed of themselves.



I got my flu shot this year just like I do every year. It's the best choice for me and my family =)
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