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pregnant and swine flu

so I'm sure you've seen on the news and the paper, that they have put pregnant ladies in the front line to receive the swine flu vaccine.  are you planning of getting it?  I work in the education field (elementary school teacher) and am wondering if I should get it?

Re: pregnant and swine flu

  • You should be getting a regular flu shot anyway.  If I was you, I would seriously consider getting one, only because of all the horrible stories that have come out about women and their pregnancies.  I read a story yesterday where a woman was in a medically induced coma because of the swine flu and unfortunately she had a still birth.  If it will help, I would do it.  But that's just my opinion.
  • I actually talked to my H last night.  I am conflicted if I should get it as well.  I have a doctors appointment next week and I plan on asking him what he thinks.

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  • I highly recommend getting a flu shot while pregnant!  I got the flu when I was about 34 weeks and I was so sick.  I ended up in the hospital.  I am an elementary teacher as well and couldn't believe I made it through flu season without getting sick, well Thanksgiving morning I woke sick as a dog.  The pedi said every women should be required to get the flu shot while pregnant.  My OB never mentioned it and while I was in the hospital, they were shocked I never got one.  I just assumed you couldn't get one, so I never asked.  Also, be aware of Fifths disease being an elementary teacher.
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  • I will definitely get it if it becomes available before I deliver.  Because the vaccine will protect not only me but the baby after he is born I think it is worth it.  Any potential risk of as-yet undetected long-term side effects from the preservatives in the shot (which are the same for all flu shots) are out weighed for me by the real potential and risk of contracting and becoming very ill if I did get the Swine flu. 

    It is scary enough having a newborn during flu season and I just don't want to take any chances.  I'll have to return to work before flu season is over and the baby will be riding public transportation with me and attending a day care center in an urban center so we will be at an even higher risk as it is.  Not to mention, every person I have spoken to in a healthcare field has stated that if the Swine flu is more likely to become more contagious in the fall and may get nastier too- based on past experiences with flu epidemics. 

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    I will definitely get it if it becomes available before I deliver.  Because the vaccine will protect not only me but the baby after he is born I think it is worth it.  Any potential risk of as-yet undetected long-term side effects from the preservatives in the shot (which are the same for all flu shots) are out weighed for me by the real potential and risk of contracting and becoming very ill if I did get the Swine flu. 

    It is scary enough having a newborn during flu season and I just don't want to take any chances.  I'll have to return to work before flu season is over and the baby will be riding public transportation with me and attending a day care center in an urban center so we will be at an even higher risk as it is.  Not to mention, every person I have spoken to in a healthcare field has stated that if the Swine flu is more likely to become more contagious in the fall and may get nastier too- based on past experiences with flu epidemics. 

    I couldn't have said it better myself.

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  • I was seriously considering getting it, so this has solidified my decision.  thanks ladies!
  • I am about 95% sure that I am going to get it.  I want to do a little more research on the side effects but I am sure the pros will greatly outweight the cons.  My DH has to get one because he is in the medical field so that would mean our household would be double protected.  Better to be safe than sorry.
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