Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Pregnancy Pregnancy

Flu Shot During Pregnancy: Why You Should Get One

Posted by on Jan. 24, 2014 at 10:44 AM
  • 21 Replies

Flu Shot During Pregnancy: Why You Should Get One

by Adriana Velez 

leslie creekmoreIs it safe to get vaccinated for the flu while you're pregnant? I'm starting to wonder the opposite -- is it safe not to get vaccinated while pregnant? A pregnant woman caught the flu and miscarried, and now she's fighting for her life. Leslie Creekmore was almost 20 weeks along when she and her husband, Chris, came down with the flu. She was hospitalized right away, but her condition worsened and she lost the baby within days. Her right lung collapsed this past weekend. Leslie chose to postpone getting a flu shot for the same reason countless other women have: She read that the shot could be harmful during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Chris says he and his wife took her pregnancy health very seriously and searched for the best advice. Somewhere they came across advice to avoid getting a flu shot during the first trimester. They talked it over with Leslie's OB-GYN, who agreed. In other words, they did what you're supposed to do: Read up on the research and discuss with your own doctor.

Chris says he doesn't blame his doctor at all. But he does now wish they hadn't postponed the shot. Another doctor not treating Leslie but familiar with her case agrees she should have had that shot sooner. "If she had had the flu vaccine, she probably wouldn't be here in this state," says OB-GYN Dr. Rosanna Gray-Swain.

The US Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control recommend women getting a flu vaccine at any point in their pregnancy, even the first trimester. Doctors did used to postpone the flu shot until after a pregnant woman's first trimester, but the latest research shows that the vaccine is safe during the first weeks.

It's scary -- there's so much medical advice out there, and you can't always be sure your doctor is up to date on the latest research. It's smart to double-check any advice you read and look at the dates to see if any newer studies contradict it. And as awkward as it may feel, it's okay to challenge your doctor on their opinions. How is that supposed to occur to you, though, if you're both in agreement on something?!?

Since Leslie has been unconscious, she doesn't yet know that she miscarried, and Chris dreads telling her. She was pregnant with a girl. I just hope Leslie survives and is someday healthy enough to try again for another baby.

In the meantime, Chris has set up a website to raise funds to cover Leslie's health care. And he's sending out the message for all expecting parents: Don't delay that flu shot.

How much do you know about pregnancy and flu vaccines?

 

Image via Chris Creekstone

by on Jan. 24, 2014 at 10:44 AM
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Replies (1-10):
joywalz
by Bronze Member on Jan. 24, 2014 at 10:53 AM
3 moms liked this
I kmow plenty of people who get the flu shot and still get the flu...

Quoting Cafe Jenn:

Flu Shot During Pregnancy: Why You Should Get One

by Adriana Velez 

leslie creekmoreIs it safe to get vaccinated for the flu while you're pregnant? I'm starting to wonder the opposite -- is it safe not to get vaccinated while pregnant? A pregnant woman caught the flu and miscarried, and now she's fighting for her life. Leslie Creekmore was almost 20 weeks along when she and her husband, Chris, came down with the flu. She was hospitalized right away, but her condition worsened and she lost the baby within days. Her right lung collapsed this past weekend. Leslie chose to postpone getting a flu shot for the same reason countless other women have: She read that the shot could be harmful during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Chris says he and his wife took her pregnancy health very seriously and searched for the best advice. Somewhere they came across advice to avoid getting a flu shot during the first trimester. They talked it over with Leslie's OB-GYN, who agreed. In other words, they did what you're supposed to do: Read up on the research and discuss with your own doctor.

Chris says he doesn't blame his doctor at all. But he does now wish they hadn't postponed the shot. Another doctor not treating Leslie but familiar with her case agrees she should have had that shot sooner. "If she had had the flu vaccine, she probably wouldn't be here in this state," says OB-GYN Dr. Rosanna Gray-Swain.

The US Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control recommend women getting a flu vaccine at any point in their pregnancy, even the first trimester. Doctors did used to postpone the flu shot until after a pregnant woman's first trimester, but the latest research shows that the vaccine is safe during the first weeks.

It's scary -- there's so much medical advice out there, and you can't always be sure your doctor is up to date on the latest research. It's smart to double-check any advice you read and look at the dates to see if any newer studies contradict it. And as awkward as it may feel, it's okay to challenge your doctor on their opinions. How is that supposed to occur to you, though, if you're both in agreement on something?!?

Since Leslie has been unconscious, she doesn't yet know that she miscarried, and Chris dreads telling her. She was pregnant with a girl. I just hope Leslie survives and is someday healthy enough to try again for another baby.

In the meantime, Chris has set up a website to raise funds to cover Leslie's health care. And he's sending out the message for all expecting parents: Don't delay that flu shot.

How much do you know about pregnancy and flu vaccines?

 

Image via Chris Creekstone

Rosehawk
by on Jan. 24, 2014 at 11:40 AM
1 mom liked this

When I was in the Army, flu shots were mandatory. I got one, and got sick every year. I got out, stopped getting the damn shot, and don't get sick. I MIGHT get a cold every now and then, but that's IT.

My husband and I both decline flu shots every year, and we also decline on behalf of our kids. When they get older, if the want it, we'll take them in, but they're as healthy as their parents. The flu shot and HPV are the only vaccines I decline.

CafeMom Tickers
coliemamiof2
by Member on Jan. 24, 2014 at 12:45 PM
3 moms liked this
Flu shots actually cause more miscarriages than a women who gets the flu without the shot.
Why is it so unsafe?
Bc of the ridiculous high levels of mercury in it. The flu shots are actually NOT recommended for infants or pregnant women by the companies that make the shots.
As far as I'm concerned, your doctor tells you to watch out, not to eat too much stuff with mercury in it bc it can harm the baby (such as fish, clams, shrimp, ect) but then they load you up with mercury for a flu shot. Where is the logic?
There are all-natural remedies & precautions that you can take to avoid the cold/flu & if you do have it, to lessen the amount of time it is in your body.
Plus, flu shot is NOT guaranteed to prevent/cure the flu. There are multiple types of strains of the flu out there & a flu shot actually only "could help prevent" one type, not all.
Chaos1229
by Tasha on Jan. 24, 2014 at 12:46 PM
1 mom liked this

 I refuse the flu shot pregnant or not . The one and only Time i got the flu was after receiving the flu shot go figure.

Corina1987
by Member on Jan. 24, 2014 at 12:48 PM
1 mom liked this
I would never get the flu shot and esoteric never during pregnancy. My friend recently got the flu shot while prego and lost her baby right after.
Corina1987
by Member on Jan. 24, 2014 at 12:48 PM
I would never get the flu shot and especially never during pregnancy. My friend recently got the flu shot while prego and lost her baby right after.
LifesALilHectic
by Silver Member on Jan. 24, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Getting the shot doesnt guarentee that you wont get the flu. From what happened to her seems like there were other undiagnosed medical issues. I have never had the flu shot.... EVER! And I have never had any issues. Somethings wrong here

robimom
by Member on Jan. 24, 2014 at 6:30 PM
1 mom liked this

Ummm, will still say no to any vaccinations. Thanks though. Can't scare me into putting toxins into my body.. 

Pandapanda
by Cafe Panda on Jan. 24, 2014 at 7:26 PM
Nope nope nope.
JaeKristine
by on Jan. 24, 2014 at 7:31 PM
No flu shots for me or my kids (:
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)