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Flu Jab When Pregnant - urgent advice please

(34 Posts)
Iona1651 Thu 21-Nov-13 14:44:14

I'm booked in for a flu jab at 5pm this evening. It sounded good advice from the midwife. I'm nearly 8 weeks pregnant. I'm now starting to worry whether I should have this flu jab or not? Any advice would be very grateful.

Iona1651 Mon 25-Nov-13 10:32:08

Hi everyone, Yes, I did end up getting the flu jab. I decided that having flu and having possibly to take other drugs which I would also worry about outweighed having the jab. Thanks for all your advice. x

thecakeisalie Fri 22-Nov-13 12:46:03

I had my flu jab at about 16 weeks this time and had when I was pregnant with ds2. No side effects after the jabs not even much soreness in my arm. The flu complications that scare me include losing the baby or losing my own life - I'd hate the think my kids wouldn't have a Mum for the sake of having a jab. Plus I had pneumonia last year when I wasn't pregnant and I have never felt so ill in my life it took weeks to recover. I cannot imagine going through something similar while pregnant with limited medication.

Its a personal decision though about weighing up the risks involved and whether you can live with the consequences of these risks should the worst happen.

Worriedthistimearound Fri 22-Nov-13 11:37:07

No, I know it's not a live vaccine. I researched it thoroughly. That wasn't quite what I was trying to say.

As I said, all my children have been fully vaccinated so I'm certainly not anti vaccine. I just think its your call to make as its you who has to live with whatever happens even if not directly attributable then you will always doubt. Mentally, I knew I could live with potential flu complications better than what ifs.

LadyMedea Thu 21-Nov-13 21:44:10

worried you are right everyone should weigh up the benefits and risks for them... However you said you didn't have it because it's a live vaccine.... But it's not. Would that not change your mind?

ShoeWhore Thu 21-Nov-13 20:59:33

My GP friend had the flu jab without hesitation when she was pg.

MidnightRose Thu 21-Nov-13 20:57:20

Peadiatricians aren't scientists, but that is besides the point. There have never been any known direct pregnancy losses caused by the flu vaccine, pregnancy losses caused by the flu one the other hand, well I have just finished up a recent case study of one.

MetellaEstMater Thu 21-Nov-13 20:57:11

Absolutely valid to state an opinion worried, and of course to act as you see fit, but your first post states that it is a 'live' vaccine, which as others have said it is not.

comemulledwinewithmoi Thu 21-Nov-13 20:18:56

I had it when pregnant and the whooping coug one at the same time.

Pearlsaplenty Thu 21-Nov-13 20:17:12

I think it is your call to make.

You know your immune system and exposure risks.

I refused the swine flu vaccine a couple of years ago when pregnant. Got too scared. I fortunately didn't get sick, was ultra cautious with my hygiene and not being in confined spaces with others. I have a ds now and think I might have to have it (or give him one) as obviously my risk is higher now I have a toddler (who attends nursery) in the house.

wispaxmas Thu 21-Nov-13 20:10:32

Iona, did you get it? Sound advice from nearly everyone on here (and so lovely to hear after coming across loads of bs like 'flu jabs cause miscarriage' on facebook!), I had my jab last week and aside from a bruised upper arm for a couple days no side effects. I've had the flu before (not swine flu, but another version of the dreaded virus), and I ended up in hospital for it, and that's not even with being pregnant. I get the jab every year because of asthma and it has never once made me ill. I hate having to say this because it should be quite obvious that it CAN'T make you ill, but still people don't seem to get it...

Alexchallex Thu 21-Nov-13 20:08:46

Hope you had it. Had it last year and I don't think I've had a better winter health wise. I was pregnant

Xenadog Thu 21-Nov-13 20:07:20

I had mine along with the whooping cough one. No worries and just a little bit of soreness afterwards. Why wouldn't you have the vaccination?

MightilyOats Thu 21-Nov-13 19:26:37

Zing I had the swine flu vaccine when I was pg with ds so hopefully will never get it again (I think you only need that one once?). Nowhere near as bad as the poor souls who were hospitalised but I was nearly hallucinating with the fever!

Worriedthistimearound Thu 21-Nov-13 17:56:39

I wasn't suggesting the op not have the jab, I was merely stating my opinion on it.

It's like childhood vaccinations. They are safe for 99%+ of children and knowing this, I had all my children vaccinated. However, that doesn't mean that a small minority of children are not damaged by vaccines. So I always read the science and make my own decision.
midnightrose, I know two paediatricians who have delayed the vaccination programme for their children. One opted for single mmr jabs. So even scientists disagree!

DoesZingBumpLookBigInThis Thu 21-Nov-13 17:29:13


I had the swine flu vaccine as well 3 years ago and will get the flu jab asap.

YoniMitchell Thu 21-Nov-13 17:19:00

Just seen the time. Did you get it OP?

YoniMitchell Thu 21-Nov-13 17:16:33

I had it at 20-something weeks, the jab was preferable to the thought of getting flu I couldn't take anything for, and for the protection it offered my baby. I researched it first and spike to my GP, midwife, pharmacists and a nurse, all of whom reassured me enough to make an informed decision

The jab itself is no biggie. IMO.

Stom91 Thu 21-Nov-13 16:27:05

Yup I've had it. Had no problems just an a hey arm for a couple days. I'd rather get the vaccine than risk becoming seriously I'll that couple afeect me or baby!

It's not a live vaccine so it won't make you Ill

MightilyOats Thu 21-Nov-13 16:22:20

I tried to get it whilst ttc but wasn't allowed it on nhs until pg. had it done at 7 weeks and it was quick and painless. Having had swine flu three years ago just before I got pg with no1 it was the singularly most unpleasant virus (other than hand, foot and mouth) that I have ever suffered and would not want to have had it whilst pg. get the vaccine, it's not worth the risk.

Julietee Thu 21-Nov-13 15:32:15

Yeah, um... don't go with a 'gut feeling' on this as someone suggested, go with science. It's not a live vaccine. I would imagine having flu is more harmful to you and potentially to the fetus at any stage of pregnancy. Any 'flu like' symptoms people get afterwards are a perfectly normal immune response to the jab, not the flu.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Thu 21-Nov-13 15:21:17

It's not a live vaccine. Info from the manufacturer's leaflets given to me by the pharmacist.

redcarrot1 Thu 21-Nov-13 15:08:27

I had it some time ago at around 27 weeks. Just ended up with a red bump on my arm for a few days after.

Its not a live vaccine. Read the NHS for info:


Snowflakepie Thu 21-Nov-13 15:03:20

I had it in both my pg. both DC (nearly 4 and 4 months) are fine. Most people I know have had it with no issues.

Weigh it against not being able to take many meds if you become ill in pg, feeling utterly horrendous and taking longer to recover. For me it was an easy decision. Good luck.

MidnightRose Thu 21-Nov-13 15:02:33

As a biomedical scientist who specialises in immunology, I have never come across a woman who had a flu vaccine which caused problems for the pregnancy. I have come across many women who didnt have the flu forvaccine which has ended up causing serious issues for the pregnancy. It doesnt matter if you've never had flu before the strain differs each year.

3boys3dogshelp Thu 21-Nov-13 15:02:26

I've had it all 3 times. No problem s aside from a sore arm. Even if you have never had flu before pregnancy suppresses your immune system.

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