Pregnant & No Flu Shot

pregnant flu shotAfter my doctor, OBGYN, sister-in-law who is a doctor, and my husband urged me to get the flu shot, and my heart of hearts telling me to get it, I went to get it yesterday. It's all for my twins and I live in NYC, which may be the germ capital of the world.

But when I got there, my doctor told me he was out of the preservative-free flu shot, the one they give kids and pregnant woman, so he wanted me to wait until he got more in stock next week. I had no idea about preservative-free -- it's free of thimerosal...the mercury in the shot.

And even though my OB wants me to get the H1N1 shot as well, I just can't do that one. Too new in my opinion.

Apparently evidence suggests when a pregnant woman gets the flu shot (for the regular flu), once her child is born, baby is protected for six months from getting it as well?

That's good news for me since I will be having my twins during flu season.

Despite all this, many pregnant women do not get the flu shot according to Med Page Today.


The study by Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System (PRAMS) cited any example that in the state of Georgia, 15.5 percent of over 5,000 pregnant women surveyed reported getting flu shots. As for those who weren't vaccinated, when asked why, the common response was that the doctor never mentioned the flu shot during pregnancy followed by "I don't normally get the flu vaccination."

The article notes that, "Both the Advisory Committees on Immunization Practices and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that all pregnant women be vaccinated with trivalent inactivated vaccine during any trimester of pregnancy."

Did you get the flu shot? If not, will you be getting it during your pregnancy?


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