Pregnant & Getting the H1N1 Vaccination

swine flu guideswine flu vaccineWe all have our personal opinion on the swine flu vaccination -- and I think it's great there is dialogue going on about something as important as this.

I met a CafeMom who is 26 weeks pregnant and has decided to get the H1N1 shot. Her brother, sister, and 2 year-old daughter all have the virus. She has decided to remain anonymous. Here are her thoughts and opinions....


Tell us about how you are more at risk to get H1N1.

My little brother has it, and two days after he first started showing symptoms, my sister got it, as did my 2 year-old daughter. We live in a multi-generational home, and despite quarantining my brother, it still spread rapidly. My immune system is weaker because I'm pregnant, and I want to be on the safe side.

If your family members didn't have H1N1, do you think you would still get the shot?

After reading about it, I probably would. So many people are getting it so quickly that it makes sense to me to prevent it if I can. Out of the 100 pregnant women that have been hospitalized so far, 28 have died. It's just too high a percentage to ignore. 

Why did you decide to get the H1N1 shot?

I looked into it, and found that its made the same way the seasonal flu shot is made. While there have been people to get sick or even die from complications from the flu shot, more people die from the actual flu. While there hasn't been time to test the vaccine for long term effects, I feel comfortable because the controversy over the 1976 vaccine was never proven to actually be linked to paralysis. And with Tamiflu being so difficult to find, I don't want to run the risk of getting H1N1 and being unable to treat it.

Are other family members also getting the shot? Children? Adults?

Yes. We've seen first hand that the symptoms are worse than the standard seasonal flu, with my daughter having a temp of 104.2. We don't want to wait to get the swine flu and hope that we have no complications from it.

What advice would you give other moms on getting the vaccine or not?

You really have to make the decision based on what you feel safest with. There are plenty of horror stories going both ways, with people having negative effects from vaccines, and people having negative effects from the illness. You just have to weigh out what feels safer for you. 

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. No matter what your opinions are on the H1N1 shot, I know we all hope everyone gets well fast!


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