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flu jab

(36 Posts)
ch1134 Sun 03-Nov-13 14:12:30

Hi,
I've been contacted by the doctor's saying I should get the flu jab. I'm keen, as I had flu a couple of years ago and it wiped me out for weeks, I wasn't back to normal for months and kept getting tonsillitis.
But I've heard some rumours/ scaremongering from other people (mostly links on facebook from dubious sources) saying it's dangerous.
Have you had it? Would you advise against?
Thanks

greentshirt Thu 07-Nov-13 22:43:02

Just to add, its the same as most things in pregnancy for me, low risk vs high stakes. I'd rather have the jab and not get flu (the most common strain) than not have it and either me or my baby be fatally ill or long term damaged. No brainer.

greentshirt Thu 07-Nov-13 22:37:32

Or so scaremongering.

OnePramAndHisSprog Thu 07-Nov-13 21:55:29

FFS, what do you think a vaccine is if not a small amount of poison injected to try and prevent a worse poison? I'm not saying the end doesn't justify the means but don't try and kid yourself that it is a healthy thing to be putting in your body confused
"Flu" is not one simple illness. There are countless strains. You could have the jab and then come down with a different strain of it tomorrow so there is no need to be quite so sanctimonious about it.

greentshirt Mon 04-Nov-13 18:14:12

Inglori0us - completely agree. Life changing decisions usually made on some misinformation heard 3rd hand from an unreliable source. Means people who really do have to opt out of vaccinations cant rely on herd immunity which is very dangerous.

greentshirt Mon 04-Nov-13 18:12:49

Lvcat - my midwife just told me to ring my GP, they do a few clinics where you just walk in, they ask you which at risk group you are in then give you the jab. if you cant make any of the clinics they will make you an appt to have it so you shouldnt have to pay. If you do its only about £8-£10 so not a bank breaker. Cant imagine the docs refusing you though.

Inglori0us Mon 04-Nov-13 18:04:31

I'm having it next Thursday.
Anti vacc people astound me. I've seen pregnant ladies and neonates in ICU with complications from flu.
It will also protect you after you've had your baby and therefore reduce the risk of your baby being exposed if you were to get it.
The vaccine is safe and effective and recommended by the NHS.

Julietee Mon 04-Nov-13 14:00:39

Lvcat If you're pregnant you are counted as 'at risk' and so qualify for the jab. If you've missed your GP surgery's flu jab days you may have to buy it, I guess it would depend on the surgery.

wm3010 Mon 04-Nov-13 11:57:09

I had mine at 12 weeeks too, arm a bit sore for a day or two but no other ill effects. I think it can only be a good thing.

Lvcat Mon 04-Nov-13 11:49:58

Is this something you can request from your GP? Or shall I go buy one from tesco? Xxx

jammiecat Mon 04-Nov-13 11:45:08

I've had it too, both to protect myself and my unborn babies whilst I am pregnant but also as it protects the babies from flu for a year after they're born. I did have a cold after having it but I was already brewing it when I had the jab so I am positive it is unrelated to the vaccination. Just not worth risking mine and my babies health in my view, especially as it is potential fatal to the baby and if you're pregnant you're at greater risk of developing complications from flu e.g. bronchitis.

Spaghettinetti Mon 04-Nov-13 08:38:42

I had it at 12 weeks (2 weeks ago) and I think that I'm ok! I had a bit of soreness for a couple of days but no side effects. The actual jab was quick and painless. Go for it! :-)

GillyBillyWilly Mon 04-Nov-13 07:30:46

I've had mine. The midwife suggested at my booking appointment that I have it so I had it the next day! I'm all for it smile

MetellaEstMater Mon 04-Nov-13 07:28:44

Yes, I've had it this year (when 28 weeks) and had in when pregnant with DD1. DH has had it and DD1 (now 2) has had the nasal spray.

That comment about 'poison' should be deleted. Pure ignorance and scare mongering. Most people in my office took up the offer of the vaccine last year, so over 1000 people and I certainly don't remember a sudden sickness epidemic hmm

BatPenguin Mon 04-Nov-13 00:03:33

I'm having it this week. I've only had flu once before and it was horrific - can't imagine how awful it would be when I'm pregnant.
Had a cold a few weeks ago and it was the worst cold I've ever had, midwife told me when you're pregnant your immune system is a lot lower and its a lot harder to fight germs.

April13 Sun 03-Nov-13 19:33:28

I've had it, and I had a small localised reaction to it, but I'd rather have a wee bit of soreness, redness and itching for a couple of days than the flu whilst pregnant! I'm also pro-vaccination, and think the risks are low especially given that this flu jab is not a live vaccine x

sdaisy26 Sun 03-Nov-13 19:16:51

I had it without a second thought - rather an achey arm for a day than flu while pg & all the serious complications that can bring.

Had it with dd too & she is absolutely fine, as was I.

PinkParsnips Sun 03-Nov-13 18:10:57

I had mine recently, no side effects at all, not even a sore arm.

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Sun 03-Nov-13 18:04:06

I've had mine. Flu can make you and your unborn baby very ill. In some cases it can kill - the issue being the fever (as we know, unborn babies overheat very easily)

ladylashes Sun 03-Nov-13 18:00:59

Hi OP, I had mine a few weeks ago. Had a sore arm for a day but no other effects! I do trust the jabs x

Sammi1986 Sun 03-Nov-13 17:57:15

Poison?! Oh my word. Unfortunately it is a lack of knowledge and insight that can lead to complications and to medications not being used efficiently, NOT the medication itself. Glad you have decided to have the jab, and I wish you all the best with the rest of your pregnancy smile

LightTripper Sun 03-Nov-13 17:37:47

I also had it a couple of weeks ago. No sting, no sore arm, no side effects. I've only had flu once in my life but that was enough, even before taking pregnancy into account!

WhisperMen Sun 03-Nov-13 16:40:16

I had it. It made my arm ache for a few days, but I would rather an achey arm than flu.

ch1134 Sun 03-Nov-13 16:30:35

fantastic responses, thanks, will book myself in for this week.

Tea1Sugar Sun 03-Nov-13 16:27:23

I had it 2 weeks ago. Barely felt the jab and felt absolutely fine.

Haha to "poison".

AnythingNotEverything Sun 03-Nov-13 15:39:00

I had it a few weeks ago at 38 weeks. I wouldn't wish flu on my worst enemy. It's not a live vaccine - any symptoms other than a sore arm are coincidental.

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