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Flu jab

(15 Posts)
sleepevader Tue 30-Aug-11 21:05:17

anyone else been offered this?

Any info on pros or cons

Thanks

Davinaaddict Tue 30-Aug-11 22:11:55

I've been offered it (by which I mean I've had a text from the doctors that they're now offering it to 'at risk' patients hmm) Not sure whether I'll go ahead or not though as I'm in the at risk category anyway, without being pregnant, but I've only had it once before. That year was the one year I came down with the worst flu I've ever had!

Sorry that won't help you, but I'll watch the thread with interest for other people's experiences/thoughts.

MissRee Tue 30-Aug-11 22:20:34

I've had it for the last 4 years (my work offer it to all staff) and if I can have it this year, I most definitely will. It may not be due to the jabs, but I've had far less common colds and avoided the swine flu epidemic!

LauraSmurf Tue 30-Aug-11 22:24:41

Oh glad someone mentioned this, have midwife tomorrow and must forget.

I teach and so have managed to get one every year once all high risks are done. All except last year that is and I had more sick days than ever from colds and strange virus thngies, even more than 1st year teaching and that's not normal!!!

So my vote is take it if it's offered!!

griphook Tue 30-Aug-11 22:49:16

I was very against flu jabs as felt that it may harm the baby, but after seeing a programe the other night where a mum caught swine flu at 24 weeks IIRC, she ended up in a coma for two weeks, came out of the coma and gave birth. Her little boy was in special care and seemed to do really well, but suddenly took a term for the worse and died three days after being born.

It was so sad, and all because of swine flu. I think this time round I'll getting the vaccination

PiggyMad Tue 30-Aug-11 23:08:20

I had it last year for the first time as I'm asthmatic and decided I would after worrying about Swine Flu.
I've not been offered it yet, but I think I will have it as I'll be pregnant all over the winter period and do worry about the whole suppressed immune system and flu.

Milliways Tue 30-Aug-11 23:11:43

The NHS is offering the flu jab to all Pregnant women this year, whatever the stage of pregnancy. The posters also claim it will give the newborn additional protection. Our September clinics are already booking fast.

Toobluntforboss Tue 30-Aug-11 23:12:48

I've had it while pregnant with all 3 of mine - no side effects or repercussions afaik and stayed healthy through all of those winters (although have never got flu, so who can tell if it's the jab or not?) If I were to be pregnant again during the winter period then I would get it again.

featherbag Wed 31-Aug-11 00:28:07

I'll be at the front of the queue - I always get it anyway due to work, but as I'm pregnant for the first time this year I'll be doubly sure to get it as early as I canQ

dribbleface Wed 31-Aug-11 07:48:28

i was given it February time was newly pregnant. not sure if i will need another one, due Oct. does anybody know. seeing GP next week so will ask but will definitely have it if i can.

nunnie Wed 31-Aug-11 07:54:27

I was offered it last year and booked in but DS came before the clinic date so never needed it as no longer in the at risk group.

Will be offered it again this year but again the clinic dates are after I am due and they will only do it in batches of 10, so I am on the list in the hope there are another 9 people who want it sooner than the clinic dates.

Not heard about the newborn thing so that's good to know.

nunnie Wed 31-Aug-11 07:55:04

Ooops misred that thought it was being offered to newborn, it's too early for my eyes sorry.

BedHog Wed 31-Aug-11 08:31:21

Does anybody know which flu strains are in the jab this year? I had it last Christmas while ttc, so I wouldn't have to have it while pregnant. DC is due end of October, so before the flu season really starts. Will we still have any protection from last year's jab or should I look into getting it done again before he/she is born?

Milliways Wed 31-Aug-11 16:15:17

Dribbleface - you will be entitled to another jab from this September - the content changes each year and the flu vaccination season runs from Sept to March.

Bedhog - This is taken from the Sanofi Pasteur insert:
Active ingredients:
Purified, inactivated virus fragments from influenza types:
• H1N1 strain - 15 micrograms
• H3N2 strain - 15 micrograms
• B strain - 15 micrograms
for the Southern Hemisphere winter season 2011.

dribbleface Wed 31-Aug-11 16:36:30

thanks for that milliways

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