Flu and pregnancy don't mix well. Getting the flu is more dangerous for pregnant women than when you aren't pregnant. The flu shot is considered by physicians to be the easiest way to prevent the flu. But some women are worried about miscarriage or of the flu shot causing the flu. What are your concerns about the flu shot in pregnancy? What does your doctor or midwife recommend? Do they ever recommend that a flu shot not be given? Have you had one? What happened? Will you do it again? Share Your Thoughts
- I have worked in health care for over 20 years. The one year I did take the flu shot I wound up getting the flu months later due to being run down. That same year my cousin wound up with Gillian Barre. I am happy to say all the years I've been in health care I've not had the flu and have had maybe 2 colds and a sore throat. I believe in preventing the flu or other illnesses through diet, exercise and stress reduction not modern medicine. My doctors have not pressured me into getting one and I'm glad they respect my decision. Luckily I'm not working at this time when so many institutions are making flu shots mandatory.
- —Guest Elizabeth Alfree
I took a flu shot during pregnancy
- It seemed to me that the risk of the flu shot was absolutely minimal compared to the risk of getting the flu while pregnant. So I didn't hesitate about taking the flu vaccine.
- —Guest Sandra
I worried, but did it.
- I was really worried about it. My doctor gave me all the inserts and told me to go home and read them and to look online. It was great that he respected that I was worried. So in the end it was the right decision for me. My doctor said he wouldn't push it. It was only a mildly uncomfortable shot but it's been two weeks and I'm not sick, so I think I've escaped unscathed from the actual vaccine.
- —Guest Mandy