28 Pregnant Women Died from H1N1

Pregnancy 28

swine flu guideswine fluEveryone has their own opinion on the swine flu vaccine, but the CDC has one -- they are urging people to get the H1N1 shot. And their latest statistics say that 28 pregnant women have died after contracting H1N1.

In total, 700 cases of the virus have sprung up in pregnant women since April.

This freaks me out. I don't like hearing about pregnancy deaths when I am pregnant. But I am still not getting the H1N1 vaccine.

Note: This is my choice, and I know you will make your choice on whether or not to get the shot based on your thoughts and beliefs -- not mine.

Of course, it's important to look at why they urge pregnant women to get the shot.

Dr. Manny Alvarez, who is head of maternal fetal medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey says:

  • Pregnancy makes our immune system slower, so a virus like the flu can get serious faster.
  • Also, our respiratory volume changes, so if complications from the flu arise, it is more difficult on the patient, especially if it's something like pneumonia.

Have you changed your mind on the H1N1 vaccine? What are your thoughts?


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Fragi... Fragile_Girl

I had the regular flu shot, but I won't be getting the HINI shot. It simply has not been tested enough for me to think that it is safe to get...especially not while pregnant.

RVTMommy RVTMommy

I think this vaccines is a crock. Lets make a huge hype over this flu, make a vaccine in a matter of months, with very little testing, certainly no LONG TERM testing, and then lets pump it into kids, pregnant women and old people.... all the while bringing in MILLIONS of dollars with doctors visits and vaccines so we can boost our struggling healthcare and economy..... perfect timing for a deadly flu scare!

yiann... yianna671

well I do believe that this shot is extremely dangerous. I also believe that it has to do with a cospiracy and it has to do with the interest of certain companies. Most people or should I say none here in Greece will do it. I have a friend who's a very good doctor and he really prevented me from having that shot.

bluel... bluelady27

haha  Why is it a pig with a mask when discussing pregnany women's safety from the flu?  That made me giggle. 



Not saying pregnant women are pigs.  I sure was.  Sorry.  This comment had nothing to do with the subject at hand.

AmyTu... AmyTuteurMD

For those who believe that the vaccination effort is a conspiracy I have a very simple question:

If there was a conspiracy to increase medical profits why would doctors tell you  to get the vaccine?

The real money is in those who get sick, literally tens of thousands of dollars for every patient hospitalized in the ICU. Preventive care like a vaccine costs far, far less than the illness itself, especially if the illness leads to complications. Advising everyone to get vaccinated is actually against the financial interests of the medical profession.

auror... aurorabunny

Because doctors get kickbacks for pushing these shots.  The vaccine industry is a billion dollar business lady. 

AmyTu... AmyTuteurMD

"Because doctors get kickbacks for pushing these shots"

The goverment is providing the shots for free. How could doctors possibly be getting kickbacks when they don't pay for the shots?

auror... aurorabunny

From taxpayers...and the insurance companies...it's not like this stuff is just FREE.  Somebody pays for it.  Just because we don't hand over the cash at the time of an appointment doesn't mean we're not paying for it.

We're also paying for it with our childrens lives.  When you have a child who passes away or is seriously injured by a vaccine (which I hope you never do--wouldn't wish that on anyone) come back and chat with me.  Until then, I'm not interested in more propaganda from the medical community.  Sorry. 

auror... aurorabunny

Also...I have to ask....there is nothing on your profile.  No friends, groups, etc.  Did you join CM for the sole purpose of advocating for a vaccine?

Happy... Happypancake

I'd say to each their own based on circumstances and their environment.

As for myself, I am 26-weeks pregnant and plan on getting the H1N1 vaccine. Everyone at my work is coughing, sneezing, using the copy machine, greeting customers, etc.... I have more potential risks of contracting H1N1 than I do of dying from the vaccine.

As stated by my OB:
"The H1N1 virus is a new virus. And yes, the vaccine is a new vaccine. Scientists have had more experience creating new vaccines than they have with understanding this new H1N1 virus."

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