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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