Seasonal Flu Shot and H1N1 Shot

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Are you getting the flu shots this season?

Poll ended at Sat Dec 05, 2009 7:13 pm

Yes
37
49%
No
31
41%
Undecided
8
11%
 
Total votes : 76

Postby plumeriamommy » Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:30 am

I had finally decided last week to get the H1N1 although I wasn't going to initially. Then bam I got swine flu. I really wish I did get it. It was the worst flu I have ever gotten. I'm still recovering. :(
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Postby cowpoke » Tue Oct 20, 2009 6:59 pm

I got the regular flu shot today at the dr and am not sure when the H1N1 will be available. I plan to get that one as well as long as it doesn't take forever for them to get it at our neck of the woods.

Holleigh is right. Please listen to your doctors on this one. I can't believe so many of you are turning a deaf ear.
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Postby *Jessica* » Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:03 am

I got both seasonal and h1n1. I was very hesitant about the h1n1 but my dr said the effects of the swine flu would be much worse than the effects of the shot. I didn't want to take my chances. I also had my kids vaccinated. If I wasn't pg I probably wouldn't get the h1n1. We are around people ALOT and I am just scared. I have already been so sick with other crap this pg I know my immune system sucks right now.
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Re: Seasonal Flu Shot and H1N1 Shot

Postby renni10 » Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:45 pm

renni10 wrote:Ladies, I am curious about what everyone is planning to do this flu season regarding seasonal flu shots and H1N1 shots.


Going to bump this for some more votes...right now it is neck and neck for yes and no!!!
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Postby Hikergirl » Fri Oct 23, 2009 5:49 am

**lurking**

I have gotten both. I had the seasonal one (preservative free) over a month ago, and just got the H1N1 two days ago at my OB appointment. I felt very lucky to get it, since it is so hard to come by. I wanted to give my body plenty of time to make the antibodies and pass them onto the LO. DH was super freaked out by all the news stories, plus I am just really worried about the baby being exposed, since he's coming in December.

I had no side effects at all from either one...
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Postby jesscc » Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:17 am

I am eager to get the shot for me and for my family. My DS already had both the seasonal and H1N1 mist, and I am waiting on the H1n1 shot for me. It's not yet available here. Flu is dangerous for pregnant women, especially this flu. I hope the shot is available here very soon.
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Postby acorns77 » Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:04 am

I had both, I got the seasonal flu shot about a month ago with the regular side effects, sore achey arm, red area at injection site and just got the H1N1 this weekend with very minimal side effects. this shot was much easier than the reg flu shot, my arm wasn't sore or achey at all! I did the research and read about every article and clinical trial done on kids and pregnant women and decided this was what was best for me. the risks of actually becoming ill with h1n1 were far worse. The CDC says that 1 in 3 pregnant women hospitalized will die from h1n1 complications, 1 in THREE! thats way too risky for me. I hate being sick!
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Postby vgarappolo » Mon Oct 26, 2009 10:41 am

holleigh wrote:I am planning on getting the preservative free h1n1 vaccine as well. Each year the CDC takes the flu strain that is expected to be the most prevelant and makes a vaccine for this particular strain. Absolutely no difference in how the h1n1 vaccine was made. It worries me so many pg women think it was someone 'rushed to market' and are choosing not to get it.

Simply being pg makes you high risk. This strain has already killed 76 children and it is only mid October. In a normal season, 44-86 children die of the flu. My OB reminded me yesterday that h1n1 is not typical in WHO it is affecting the most. Normally the seasonal flu hits the elderly and immune compromised the worst. H1N1 is hitting otherwise healthy adults, children and pg women the worst. Plus if you get vaccinated then when your baby is born it will also benefit.


~Holleigh


Holleigh couldn't be more right. The H1N1 flu vaccine is made the same exact way as the seasonal one. If you have gotten the seasonal and say no to H1N1, no offense but that's just silly. I have gotten both and feel lucky to have done so. Flu shots are and have been safe for pregnant women for years and years, I don't have a single ounce of concern.
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Postby furball » Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:12 pm

*lurking* I got both shots today in Canada and couldn't feel more relieved. I couldn't roll up my sleeve soon enough! Anyone I know who has contracted the swine flu locally (and all generally healthy and not high risk) has been on death row. Next week my youngest can be inoculated then my oldest son the following week. One child in daycare has the swine flu but so far *fingers crossed* he has been the only case and is isolated. His poor mom though is pregnant and came down with the swine flu 3 days before vaccines were being offered. :(
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