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chosen by a MNer written by a MNer - flu vaccine in pregnancy

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hereidrawtheline Mon 20-Jul-09 01:58:10

From my thread here I wrote 3000 words on the topic of flick's choice and posted it on my blog just now. The subject is a very pertinent one - the safety or otherwise of a pregnant woman taking a flu vaccine. Hope it is a positive and not a negative for you pregnant ladies. And best wishes.

Link straight to the blog post here

LeninGrad Mon 20-Jul-09 05:11:38

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hereidrawtheline Mon 20-Jul-09 08:08:06

bloody hell there is a swine flu topic? I've been under a rock writing. will do later.

LeninGrad Mon 20-Jul-09 08:16:08

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mrswee Mon 20-Jul-09 09:26:43

I have had the pneumococcal vaccine, I got it last year along with the seasonal flu vaccine.

I was told they were offering them together for people who suffer from asthma.
I have been wondering if this gives me a better chance of protection from complications of swine flu? I guess so when it comes down to avoiding pneumonia.
I was told it was a one off jag and didn't have to be renewed every year, I'm glad I took it now.

pofacedandproud Mon 20-Jul-09 09:34:12

can someone just explain why having the pneumococcal vaccine would protect against pneumonia if one got flu? Flu is a virus and pneumococcal is a bacteria, may well be a good reason just can't get my head around it.

mrswee Mon 20-Jul-09 09:43:03

hereidrawtheline - very interesting stuff, thanks for that!

mrswee Mon 20-Jul-09 09:46:03

pofacedandproud- I don't know if it does protect against it, all I was told when offered the vaccine was that it would prevent me contracting pneumonia in the future.
I would really like to know the answer to this if anyone has the medical knowledge?

pofacedandproud Mon 20-Jul-09 09:48:10

is it that when you have flu you are more susceptible to meningitis causing bacteria? Hope a medical scientist comes along!

LeninGrad Mon 20-Jul-09 10:06:08

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LeninGrad Mon 20-Jul-09 10:07:41

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pofacedandproud Mon 20-Jul-09 10:14:15

yes that makes sense. thanks lenin.

hereidrawtheline Mon 20-Jul-09 11:17:52

LeninGrad it is now here in the swine flu topic

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