4 Myths About Pregnancy & the Flu Shot

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flu shotThe question comes up every fall: Should pregnant women get the flu shot? On one hand, a flu shot could save your unborn baby's life. On the other hand, a lot of us feel squeamish about flu vaccines in general, even more so during pregnancy. What's in that thing, and should we really be getting vaccinated while we're pregnant? In fact, while vaccinations are up for most people, expecting moms are still very resistant. Only about half of pregnant women get the flu shot. So now doctors are working to get the word out: The flu shot is perfectly safe during pregnancy. Here's why.

It doesn't cause miscarriage. According to a study of pregnant women tracked between 2009 and 2011, women who were vaccinated for the H1N1 virus were no more likely to suffer a miscarriage than women who were not vaccinated.

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It doesn't cause birth defects or affect birth weight. In another study of 4,191 pregnant women, vaccinated women were no more likely to deliver a baby with birth defects than unvaccinated women.

It doesn't cause premature birth. In one study, vaccinated women on average delivered their babies three days earlier than non-vaccinated women, but doctors are not concerned about this small difference. In another study, vaccinated women actually delivered later than unvaccinated women.

It doesn't cause complications. Yet another study shows that the flu vaccine is not tied to pregnancy complications like high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, or urinary tract infections.

Of course, you should still talk with your doctor before getting vaccinated. You may have some special concerns that make you an exception. But in study after study, doctors are not finding a risk for getting vaccinated during pregnancy.

Are you worried about getting vaccinated against the flu while pregnant?


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Roxygurl Roxygurl

I'm worried score getting the flu shot period. That's not something we do nor will do

nonmember avatar Cortnie

Except the studies are entirely biases. All of the studies do not have a correct placebo. The placebo vaccine is filled with all the same chemicals, minus the virus. It isn't the virus that causes miscarriage or death, it is the mercury, aluminum and other carcinogenic adjuvants. Before you write about something, read the studies and the other side. Get educated. The flu shot is not safe. But feel free to take the advice of people in a billion dollar industry.


I got a flu shot while pregnant and nothing bad happened to me.

nicki... nicki.hemingway

The only myth I see is any article on stir having to do with any scientific study....

nonmember avatar catharine m

If you actually read the vaccine inserts, the MANUFACTURERS do not recommend pregnant women getting them unless absolutely necessary, none have been tested on pregnant humans, only one has been tested on pregnant and nursing LAB RATS, and some of the manufacturers want women who are pregnant and get vaccinated to enlist in a REGISTRY. The CDC comes out with this recommendation but the creators of each vaccine want no liability for possible long-term effects on baby.

nonmember avatar Gretta

I got it when I was pregnant. Everything was fine. And later when my older son caught the flu (confirmed) neither myself nor the baby who was then one month old got it.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

The last study I read said that getting the flu shot does increase risk of miscarriage and still birth. Given There was a spike in miscarriage and still birth at my hospital that corresponded with flu shot season twice in a row I'm inclined to believe it. 

Rachel Kroll

I lost a pregnancy after having H1N1 flu shot..I was 16 weeks along...there is no way for me to prove it but I believe they were connected.  I will never get vaccinated during pregnancy again and I no longer vaccinate my children.  I think it is important to know the risks of vaccinating and know that the government is going to downplay any adverse reactions.

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