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First flu shot during pregnancy? Vanessa's Mommy. 1 child; W., IN, United States 750 posts
status 24th Mar

I've never had a flu shot in my entire life, but my doctor tells me at every appointment that I should get one. My cousin's wife got her first one with their daughters and now the 2 girls have terribly weak immune systems. If you got your first one during pregnancy, how did it go? I'm nervous to get one.

Boobo&bugs Due September 24; 1 child; Simpsonville, South Carolina 7131 posts
24th Mar

It went fine. My daughter is 2 and has been sick 1 time in her whole life. Some children just have bad immune systems. However I do know someone that died after contracting the flu while pregnant, she had not received the flu shot.

*frisky2times* Due August 27 (girl); 2 kids; El Paso, TX, United States 2445 posts
24th Mar

I don't get vaccines while pregnant. I have had both deliveries during flu season. I have considered getting the vaccine in the hospital after baby is born but both times they were out I don't think babies can get the flu vaccine until 6 months so since I breastfeed I feel my baby is better off if I get the flu too if the baby were to get it so I could pass antibodies through my milk

MarathonRunner Mama Due July 22 (boy); 1 child; 2 angel babies; United, US, United States 1017 posts
status 24th Mar

I have never had the flu shot, nor did I when the OB was pushing for it.  I work from home though, so am not exposed to much other than what DH and DD bring around. That said though, I think DD has only been to the Doctor literally 6 times in her life...2 of which were for standard school vaccinations.. She is now 11yrs old. 

Ive heard about as many negative stories as I have positive so I'd rather not take the chance with a flu injection. Everyone I know personally who has had the flu shot got sick with the flu afterwards. Doctors say that's impossible, but I find it hard to believe that every single one of them "already had the flu" before being vaccinated....

Boobo&bugs Due September 24; 1 child; Simpsonville, South Carolina 7131 posts
24th Mar

Quoting Marathon runner Mama:
I have never had the flu shot, nor did I when the OB was pushing for it.  I work from home though, so am not exposed to much other than what DH and DD bring around. That said though, I think DD has only been to the Doctor literally 6 times in her life...2 of which were for standard school vaccinations.. She is now 11yrs old. 

Ive heard about as many negative stories as I have positive so I'd rather not take the chance with a flu injection. Everyone I know personally who has had the flu shot got sick with the flu afterwards. Doctors say that's impossible, but I find it hard to believe that every single one of them "already had the flu" before being vaccinated....


Was it actually a reported case of the flu? Or just a cold or tummy bug? I keep hearing people say this but most of the ones I've heard it from had no idea that the influenza is not a cold. Not that your  friends are like that, but seriously I always wonder. 

sgold 1 child; 1 angel baby; Madison Heights, Michigan 954 posts
24th Mar

I got a flu shot with my first pregnancy when I have never gotten one in my life, but I think I should of thought about it a little more. I absolutely refuse to get any vaccines during pregnancy now! I really don't feel the need.

~a girl and a boy~ 2 kids; Iowa 55423 posts
status 24th Mar

I received the flu shot when I was pregnant.  I didn't have any problems.  

October2011 2 kids; Pennsylvania 6715 posts
24th Mar

nope I didn't get it my first or 2nd pregnancy. my son has barely ever been sick.. except for 2 little colds in his 2.5 years. I refused one this pregnancy as well.

Laarnie 2 kids; Tulare, CA, United States 747 posts
24th Mar

Quoting VinnyA2014:
I've never had a flu shot in my entire life, but my doctor tells me at every appointment that I should get one. My cousin's wife got her first one with their daughters and now the 2 girls have terribly weak immune systems. If you got your first one during pregnancy, how did it go? I'm nervous to get one.


Developing a weak immune system did not come from having a flu shot during pregnancy. I had my flu shot in each of my pregnancies and my daughter rarely get sick. She has been in the day care since 3 months old and she's healthy. Contracting flu during pregnancy is serious and although having a flu shot does not cover all the strains of flu, I wouldn't take my health and my baby's into risk. You can go to CDC website and be informed about flu vaccine during pregnancy. 

Pole lizard Due July 1 (girl); 2 kids; My house, VA, United States 1611 posts
24th Mar

It's ultimately your choice. I will be getting mine at my next appointment. The flu shot will not weaken the immune system of an unborn child nor will it cause you to contract the flu. The thing with the flu vaccine is that it doesn't cover ALL strain of the flu, sometimes a person receiving the vaccine already has it and therefore received the vaccine too late. Some people also claim they have the flu when it's actually some sort of stomach bug. Having the flu during pregnancy can be extremely dangerous. Seriously the flu vaccine is not a conspiracy or any of that shit. 

MarathonRunner Mama Due July 22 (boy); 1 child; 2 angel babies; United, US, United States 1017 posts
status 24th Mar

Quoting Boobo&bugs:

Was it actually a reported case of the flu? Or just a cold or tummy bug? I keep hearing people say this but most of the ones I've heard it from had no idea that the influenza is not a cold. Not that your  friends are like that, but seriously I always wonder. 


My sister and her roommate both went in to get flu shots. Within 24 hours, they were both ill..tested positive for the flu, and both were out of work for a week.  Her roommate's 4 yr old son came down with the exact same thing the following week. 
Just earlier this year, DH had a family friend who had gotten (a documented case of) the flu...he had just gotten his flu shot as well.  He was an older gentleman (older as in his late 50's). No other health issues. He ended up in ICU. his funeral was 2 weeks later.   The only thing they could find wrong was a positive flu test..(eventually lead to bronchitis and pneumonia just before he died)
After seeing that personally in my own family and friends, even after reading the CDC articles claiming they are safe, I refuse to do it. 
Everyone can make their own choice though. :) 

Pole lizard Due July 1 (girl); 2 kids; My house, VA, United States 1611 posts
24th Mar

Flu shot has inert (inactivated) virus in it. The flu mist...nasal spray has weakened virus in it. When you are pregnant they will give you the shot because the virus in it is inert. You do not get the flu from the vaccine. My son got the mist and hasn't had the flu. He goes to a private school where the majority of the parents won't vaccinate. The kids who didn't get the vaccine came down with the flu....hmm makes sense right??

ExpectingPeanut (34wks) Due September 7 (boy); TTC since Aug 2012; Arkansas 1482 posts
24th Mar

I got my flu shot at 6 weeks pregnant, I've had no problems with it! They only give you the shot, not the spray.. The shot WILL NOT make you sick. I got the flu shot because I had already been sick twice before I got it. And the flu was going around PRETTY bad here.. There had already been 30 deaths from it. I did not want to risk anything. But the choice is up to you.

Vanessa's Mommy. 1 child; W., IN, United States 750 posts
status 24th Mar

I, personally, have an overall strong immune system. I've had tons of sicknesses as a child. Everything from the common cold to mono to H1N1. I did have a pretty bad cold at the begging of pregnancy, but I fought through it. I haven't had a cold since November. I'm thinking that I'm not going to get it. I've gone so many years without it and have survived going to school around kids who have the flu and stomach bug pretty well! It's just that my doctor asks every single appointment. 

Laarnie 2 kids; Tulare, CA, United States 747 posts
24th Mar

Quoting VinnyA2014:
I, personally, have an overall strong immune system. I've had tons of sicknesses as a child. Everything from the common cold to mono to H1N1. I did have a pretty bad cold at the begging of pregnancy, but I fought through it. I haven't had a cold since November. I'm thinking that I'm not going to get it. I've gone so many years without it and have survived going to school around kids who have the flu and stomach bug pretty well! It's just that my doctor asks every single appointment. 


But you know that during pregnancy your immune system is lower than when you're not pregnant so you're susceptible to illnesses esp if you're around kids all the time.