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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

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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Do you think it could be best to get a thimerosol free flu vaccine for a pregnant woman?

Do you think it could be best to get a thimerosol free flu vaccine for a pregnant woman?

Not specifically: Since thimerosol has never been associated with any human injury i see no reason to pay any attention to it at all. The vaccine haters have been after this preservative for years but they have never had any support in the real science. Whatever you do the flu vaccine is a good idea. We lost 2 pregnant ladies in the 09 epidemic in my town. ...Read more

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Should I receive the flu vaccine if I am pregnant?

Should I receive the flu vaccine if I am pregnant?

Yes: But not the nasal vaccine with attenuated live virus. Being immunized is much safer for the fetus than having the disease. ...Read more

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Do you recommend thermerisol free flu vaccines for pregnant women?

Do you recommend thermerisol free flu vaccines for pregnant women?

Thimersoll flu shot: Since the preservative doe not cause any problem, a regular shot can be given safely. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Influenza vaccine: A flu shot is the most important step in protecting against flu. The flu shot given during pregnancy has been shown to protect both the mother and her baby (up to 6 months old) from flu. The nasal spray vaccine should not be given to women who are pregnant. ...Read more

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What exactly makes up a flu shot vaccine?

What exactly makes up a flu shot vaccine?

Not live...: The flu vaccine does not have any live flu virus. Rather, it consists of killed virus or protein from the virus. Your immune system then reacts against the virus protein and makes antibodies so that if your body then is exposed to the actual virus, the antibodies needed to kill it are already there. This prevents you from getting sick from the virus since the antibodies kill it first! ...Read more

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What flu vaccine should I use?

Depends: For an average healthy person, either injectable quadrivalent flu vaccine or inhaled quadrivalent flu vaccine would be reasonable choices. But if there is an egg allergy, any immune problems, or certain other complicating factors, that would impact which vaccine is used. This should be discussed between you and your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the negatives of getting a flu vaccine?

What are the negatives of getting a flu vaccine?

Flu shots are GOOD.: Flu shot side effects may include: slight swelling, redness or pain at vaccination site. If headache, nausea, fever or muscular pain occur they usually resolve within one to two days. You won't get the flu from a flu shot because the virus either contains inactivated virus or doesn't have virus particles in it. Severe side effects are rare. ...Read more

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Is there a swine flu vaccine?

Which one ?: The general label "swine flu" has been applied to several strains of flu. A vaccine was developed to the H1N1 that circulated in 2009, and included in several seasonal flu shots since that time. Since other strains have also carried this non-specific label, you need to be more specific for a firm answer. ...Read more

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Should I get the flu vaccine ?

Should I get the flu vaccine ?

Yes: Anyone 6 months of age or older should get a flu vaccination to help prevent catching influenza a or b, or the h1n1 swine flu. One can skip the vaccination if he is allergic to it. People at higher risk for severe influenza symptoms include pregnant women, the elderly, the immunosuppressed, asthmatics, young children and babies, etc... High-risk persons should definitely get vaccinated. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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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