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Doctor insights on: Flu Shot And Pregnancy Concerns

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How can you safely get the regular flu shot more than once during pregnancy?

How can you safely get the regular flu shot more than once during pregnancy?

Probably, but...: A single influenza vaccination is recommended for pregnant women. Some times a second shot is needed if a specific strain of influenza develops and is not covered by your initial vaccination. Before getting a second shot, make sure you talk to your prenatal provider to check why you are being offered a second one. ...Read more

Flu Shot (Definition)

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


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I got a regular flu shot and i'm 9 weeks pregnant. Will that hurt my baby? I didn't do the pregnancy shot.

I got a regular flu shot and i'm 9 weeks pregnant. Will that hurt my baby? I didn't do the pregnancy shot.

No: It's the same flu shot you get if you are an adult or pregnant. And it's CDC recommended to have a flu shot during pregnancy, hence don't worry. ...Read more

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Any women get their flu shot in 1st trimester and had a healthy pregnancy?

Any women get their flu shot in 1st trimester and had a healthy pregnancy?

Yes: Past experience with the killed (regular injected) flu vaccine has been good. No specific pattern of problems influencing the fetus is known. Although considered safe during any stage of pregnancy, most recommend waiting until >14wks when he period of organ formation is completed out of caution. Influenza is a devastating illness to some in pregnancy, we lost 2 moms here 2 years ago (babies ok). ...Read more

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Do you think I should get a flu shot during the third trimester of my pregnancy?

Do you think I should get a flu shot during the third trimester of my pregnancy?

Yes.: It is safe and effective. See the cdc website at: http://www.Cdc.Gov/features/pregnancyandflu/. ...Read more

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Is it important to take flu vaccine while pregnant?during pregnancy is safer or during breastfeeding?why take the flu shot while pregnant?

Is it important to take flu vaccine while pregnant?during pregnancy is safer or during breastfeeding?why take the flu shot while pregnant?

Death or disability: We lost 2 pregnant moms during the 2009 flu outbreak in my medium sized town. Flu is potentially deadly during pregnancy and the inactivated flu injection can help you avoid it. ...Read more

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Been off Depo-Provera since October 15th, it's October 26th today. I've had diahhrea, gas, tired, & tingling boobs. I have a flu shot.. Is this pregnancy ?

Been off Depo-Provera since October 15th, it's October 26th today. I've had diahhrea, gas, tired, & tingling boobs. I have a flu shot.. Is this pregnancy ?

Pregnancy is when...: ....you're pregnant. Symptoms of diarrhea, gas, tired, & tingling boobs after a flu shot more likely mean you've got. ...well, diarrhea, gas, tired, & tingling boobs! HA! What you really need is to purchase a pregnancy test from the pharmacy (or gas station), follow the instructions, & let us know whether it's "Congratulations" or "He best not leave that nice car anywhere where I can see it!" ...Read more

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Should i be concerned that the site were i received a flu shot has swelled considerable?

Should  i be concerned that the site were i received a flu shot has swelled considerable?

I would be concerned: It sounds like your body is reacting adversely; i'd think twice before getting this again. It's hard to know how common this reaction is- for some strange reason flu vaccine manufacturers are not required to report the frequency of side effects; this concerns me. As to why, some people may be allergic or sensitive to toxins in the vaccine.See http://bit.Ly/1apwgd0 ; http://bit.Ly/19vzl7q. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my 6 month old baby got a flu shot today, is it safe for him ?

Should i be concerned if my 6 month old baby got a flu shot today, is it safe for him ?

Safe-yes: This vaccine is delayed to 6 months because it is thought the maternal antibodies baby gets from you during pregnancy would otherwise weaken the benefit.It is a safe and effective product. I ran out of my supply for this age group a few weeks ago. ...Read more

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I got my flu shot five days ago and the area is still red, swollen, and tender and getting larger. Is this something to be concerned about?

I got my flu shot five days ago and the area is still red, swollen, and tender and getting larger.  Is this something to be concerned about?

Concern, yes: This is not the reaction we want. Can it happen - it can. I would advise you to try hot warm compresses without burning yourself. (some may like ice, but in this case i would try heat). If you don't start to see slow improvement, you need to inform the doc who gave you the injection. You may be developing a reaction to the medication, or an infection. ...Read more

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8 yo flu shot today, was fine for about 5 min, then was in the rm while bro had lead test. turned very pale felt sick, almost passed out. Concerned?

8 yo flu shot today, was fine for about 5 min, then was in the rm while bro had lead test. turned very pale felt sick, almost passed out. Concerned?

No: i don't believe so, sounds like your child had a vasovagal reaction from seeing his brother get his lead test. This is very common in stressful situations such as getting shots or donating blood. Only a problem if it's recurrent. When it happens, have the person lie down w their legs raised at the first sign of an episode. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more