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Can You Get The Flu Shot When Pregnant
Also known as influenza vaccines, flu shots are given out once a year to protect against the flu. The flu shot stimulates the immune system to build antibodies to three or four strains of flu viruses in the hopes that it will offer protection from the current strains present in the community. Each year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) monitors the strains of Influenza globally and incorporates the appropriate antigens in the new vaccine. For best protection the vaccine ...Read more
I am 32 weeks pregnant. Should I get the flu shot? I've heard mixed reviews. Never had the shot before.
Yes, yes, and yes: There are no mixed reviews. Influenza in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy is potentially life threatening event to your baby and you. You need to take the shot. My middle daughter is 29 weeks and just got her flu shot. Along the same lines, pertussis vaccine is recommended for you and those who may be involve in the care of your new infant. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
i am trying to conceive and wondering if it is safe to get the flu shot right now, in case I am already pregnant . First trimester? Thanks
Had flu shot in mid november -- tested positive for influenza a after a very mild illness. How did i get the flu? Am 22 weeks pregnant.
Aprox 80% effective: First the flu shot takes 3 weeks to build full immunity so next year take it late october this way when the season starts ( nov in the ne) you are ready. Influenza affects about 20% of the population an the vaccine gives about 80% immunity if correctly paired to the current strain. In your case you did get flu but had some immunity since it was mild. Stay hydrated! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should you get the flu vaccination while pregnant? Is taking 1000mg of vitamin C safe and effective in boosting immune system? 15 weeks pregnant
Certainly: During the 1999 flu season we lost two pregnant moms in my town, one of which left a baby we took by C-section just before mom died. Sending that baby home with the grandmother was one of the hardest things I've ever done. We usually avoid the flu shot in the first trimester but give it thereafter. We also avoid the living nasal vaccine & use the inactivated shot. Vit C is a category C risk. ...Read more
Is it safe to get the flu vaccine at 9 weeks pregnant or should I wait until after the first trimester? Does the type of flu vaccine i get matter?
Depends on strain: At any given time there are possibly as many as 6-7 strains of flu circulating in different parts of the world. The flu vaccine that is developed every year relies on international surveillance to select the 3 most common strains to be included in the vaccine. More than 3 diminishes the effectiveness.Air travel can bring any strain to your local & if exposed to a non- vaccine strain, u may get it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Reality: The flu virus is well known for mutating frequently which makes prior vaccines less helpful.There are also 4-6+ strains circulating the globe at any point and air travel spreads them easily.Each year they pick the top 3-4 strains (by frequency) & put them into the shot. More would weaken strength for individual strains. If you get the shot every year (I do) you increase your chances for it to work ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you get the flu shot if you have swimmer's ear infection and what's the side effects of the flu shot in 2017-2018?
Adults: 1 medically compromised people 2 health and dental providers 3 adults ( more important as you get older) 4 day care providers 5. All adults not allergic to the vaccine. Pharmacies are now offering flu shots. The flu shot typically is formulated to prevent the most serious strain of the flu that the health profession is expecting this year. ...Read more
To avoid illness: During the season the flu affects a large volume of the population & causes upwards of 30 + deaths/yr in the us alone. The vaccine must change on a regular basis to keep up with mutations/variations in the flu strains that prevent prior illness from making you immune. The vaccine is effective in preventing the strains in the vaccine but may not cover every strain around. ...Read more
All over: The pooled flu vaccine, the one with ten doses per vial, contains thymerisol. The individually dosed flu vaccines (one dose per syringe) do not. Whether you go to a cvs or a doctor's office, ask for the one you want. Thymerisol, by the way, has not been shown in many years to harm anyone. ...Read more
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more
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