I've had it too with the sore arm effect for a couple of days.
There was a news item on the BBC site a couple of weeks ago saying that some research indicates it protects not just mum-to-be but also baby for the first 6 months of life. Also said that in the USA, pregnant mums have always been offered flu jab.
I had the flu jab when I went to see my GP after getting my BFP. She just said: "do you want your flu jab now? Absolutely fine in pregnancy" and I didn't think twice about it (I do get it every year though).
This year's flu jab includes the swine flu strain. It didn't hurt for days after like last year's did.
Please note however: you can still get flu after having the jab. It only protects you against certain common / virile strains, but there are millions of other strains out there to which you will still be unprotected.
Smiler80 - you're right there - the flu virus mutates all the time, that's why you have to get it done every year. They produce a vaccine against all the common strains that are around at the time each year - so hopefully your chances of getting flu are vastly reduced. The common cold can still be nasty though etc! Just get the jab, distance yourself from sneezers and hope for the best!
Probably a good plan as you'll be run down after the birth, so although the risks may be lower (ie. flu is less likely to put you and baby in hospital!), you really won't want to get flu with a newborn.
I had the jab and am very glad I did. No side effects either and usually I get some.
Yes, the DoH says at any stage of the pregnancy it is recommended - and perfectly safe. pg women in third trimester are more at risk of the complications associated with swine flu, so all the more reason. Plus, get it now while you are entitled to it for free. Do you really want flu while you are bf/running around after a newborn? x
I'm having mine next week. Was a bit worried, but after reading the boards, then talking to someone at work who has had it and is pregnant, its made me worry less. they wouldn't be offering it if there was any harm, or didn't do any good
The highest risk with flu is to your unborn baby when you are pregnant afaik, so there is a definite argument to get the jab when pregnant as its not just about protecting yourself. If you got the flu when heavily pregnant, you're at high risk of complications and that means your baby is also at serious risk.
The vaccine is not actually a live virus, it's just a synthetic from that is the same "shape" of the virus so your body produces antibodies against it that will also "fit" the flu virus and kill those as soon as they enter your body so you don't become infected with actual flu. Therefore I really don't see how the virus can harm you in any way. I think sometimes people get worried because thay hear you can get slightly "fluey" symptoms after the vaccine (e.g. a fever, but this is rare) but this is actually your immune system responding to this "fake" virus and starting to produce antibodies against it. That is what causes these early symptoms of a cold or flu - your body's immune system trying to fight it. There is no risk of getting actual flu or any of it's complications from the vaccine.
Glitteryballs, apparently you can get fluey symptons after, so I was told, but you are right, its not from the vaccine, but chances are that's cos you have come into contact with a cold virus elsewhere. Someone I know was told to avoid anywhere that you can catch viruses for a couple of weeks as the vaccine itself lowers the immune system which is already lowered by being pregnant meaning you are even more susceptible than normal to things while you are building up antibodies Seeing as I help in school, Im needless to say, taking a few days off lol.