Can getting the flu shot while pregnant harm your baby?

Nope. Just the opposite, the flu shot protects the mom from influenza which between october to february can be serious enought to hospitalize pregnant women. It's highly recommended for all pregnant women during flu season. Make sure the inactivated type is used (not the nasal spray). Your doc should have summary sheets that give you more details.
No & might save both. The inactivated flu vaccine is recommended in pregnancy & a great idea. One of the saddest days I've had was discharging a newborn to go home with grandma after mom died of flu complications in 2009. We lost two pregnant moms that year in my town. Pregnancy does increase risk of complications with the flu. The vaccine is not perfect but it is better than nothing.
No. Studies have not demonstrated any adverse effects to the baby of maternal flu shot. A serious flu infection in the mom can have serious effects upon the pregnancy and fetus. Immunize!

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I'm 26 week pregnant and got the flu shot. I'm scared because I got the one that contains thimerosal. Is there any risk or harm for the baby?

Probably not. Thiomersal is an organic mercury-based salt available since the 1930s and is used in trace amounts as an antimicrobial and preservative in biological vaccines. Thiomersal is metabolised to ethyl mercury and thiosalicylate and not to methylmercury (a potent neurotoxin). There are few data on the effects of thiomersal or ethylmercury and thiosalicylate in human embryos, but no reports of damage. Read more...
Flu shots. The flu shot containing the trace amounts of thimerosal is the one most studied in pregnancy & found to produce no harm to baby. On the other hand, pregnant women die yearly from the flu during flu season.The thimerosal lie came from vaccine haters who linked methyl mercury toxicity to the different form in the vaccines.There is no evidence that this preservative ever caused damage to anyone. Read more...
Little risk but... Research shows flu vaccines in pregnancy seem to reduce miscarriage & stillbirths. But i don't believe there has been adequate research to determine if thimerosal might affect your child's neurological development. Odds are your baby will be fine but it seems risky to administer a vaccine that contains highly toxic mercury when thimerosal-free flu vaccines are available. Please see my comment:. Read more...

I'm 8w pregnant...Had two miscarriages before & had caught a cold...Is it wise this time to take a flu shot? Will it harm the embryo? Thanks

No harm. Flu shot protects you and also the baby as you will not be sick with the flu (or milder flu if you do get it). Advice will be to get a flu shot if not other wise contraindicated. Read more...

I'm 29 weeks pregnant and had flu vaccine yesturday (30.11.13) & my arms now gone red I think I've had reaction to flu vaccine will it harm my baby?

No. It's extremely important for new parents to protect their newborns against influenza, and the best way to do this is by excellent hand hygiene and flu vaccine. It is unfortunate you had a reaction, but good for you for protecting your baby! Read more...