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my personal view is that they give you this big long sheet of things to advoid but then want to give you a flu vac.... if you get the flu while pregnant there are no real complications just as when your not pregnant....
I have had the swine flu the year before so I wasn't too bothered by the regular flu....
if there is a big flu outbreak or something you can always change your mind and go and get it then..... just my view on it really
The flu vaccine is ASSUMED to be safe for pregnant women; just because YOUR Dr may have not had any 'adverse' events following influenza vaccine being administered doesn't mean there aren't any. There are other ways to prevent influenza transmission than just jabbing everyone with needles.
I suggest that you read the package insert of the flu vaccine they want to give BEFORE you have it...I'm not talking about the 1-2 page information sheet they give you but the 15+ page document that outlines what is in it, adverse reactions associated with it and the testing that has been done.
I would never have a flu vaccine, or any other vaccine for that matter, when pregnant.
The flu vaccine is ASSUMED to be safe for pregnant women;
I agree. Assumed is not enough. Not in a million.
In pregnancy you are more susceptible to illness and complications from illness. The swine flu (H1N1) has been known to cause complications particularly in pregnancy. I guess you need all the information and weigh up the facts and risks - I don't doubt that there is a long list of possible side effects from vaccines, but you need to understand how they gather that list (which I found interesting) and how often they occur and how serious they are compared to actually getting the flu. The Dr / nurse are usually an excellent source for this - if not happy with their answers, try another one!
Here is a link to the Ministry of Health website, which has the best evidence-based knowledge we have to date.
As an added bonus - you can pass your immunity on to bubs also. I can't imagine anything worse than a young baby with influenza!
Best of luck with the pregnancy.