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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 Sun 03-Nov-13 14:16:19

I had mine yesterday. I'm all for vaccinations

Stom91 Sun 03-Nov-13 14:18:57

I had it a few weeks ago. I'd rather have it than risk getting flu or baby getting flu. Flu can be really dangerous in pregnancy

I've had no problems and have felt
Completely fine just had a sore arm for a day or so

The doctors wouldn't recommend it if it wasn't safe.

The last thing you want is to have flu when your pregnant we feel crappy enough as it is lol

hugshugs Sun 03-Nov-13 14:19:26

I had mine a couple of weeks ago - felt totally fine, no side affects at all. I personally would go for it!

MrsCharlieD Sun 03-Nov-13 14:54:27

I had mine on Monday. Im at a higher risk as i also have asthma so for me it was a no brainer. I think it is safer to have it than not x

Sammi1986 Sun 03-Nov-13 15:23:14

It's not a live virus, so you can't get ill from it (my dad makes it!) if you get poorly, it's a nasty coincidence.
I'm all for vaccines, and I don't really see why anyone wouldn't have it. The risks to you and baby from flu are much greater.
Hope you don't get poorly this season smile

Hotmad Sun 03-Nov-13 15:27:22

i work in a GP surgery and have it every year for last 5 years including this year and i am pregnant. my partner also paid to have one for first time ever! Some people have bad reactions but in the most part i think people are ok and the reactions are only that it makes your arm sore and possibly a bit flu like after although it does not give you the flu!

OnePramAndHisSprog Sun 03-Nov-13 15:31:16

I'm not having it. Everyone I know who has had it has felt rough as rats for days afterwards. I have had flu ONCE in my whole life and I am willing to take the risk, rather than have what is essentially poison injected into me.

dobedobedo Sun 03-Nov-13 15:37:04

It's not "essentially poison"! Hahaha! It's a vaccine.
I'll get the vaccine because every year intensive care always has a pregnant woman with the flu in it. I'd rather not risk dying for the sake of getting a vaccine.

clairedunphy Sun 03-Nov-13 15:37:14

I'm pregnant and had it a couple of weeks ago, no problems at all, not even a sore arm.

Not bad for someone who's just had 'poison' injected into them by those bastard health professionals who are constantly trying to con us into thinking they're helping keep us and our unborn babies well.

DaleyBump Sun 03-Nov-13 15:38:57

Don't listen to the scaremongering. The flu can and does kill pregnant women and young children. I had mine last month and apart from a bit of a sore arm that went away within 24 hours, I'm fine and so is baby. You can't catch the flu from it and it's most certainly not poison hmm

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.

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".

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

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

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.

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!

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

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

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)

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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! :-)

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Thu 07-Nov-13 22:37:32

Or so scaremongering.

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.

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