by catherine (2832 Posts), Sun Nov 30, 2003 07:03 pm
Hi Guys, Kim is correct, flu vaccination is recommended for pregnant women in the 2nd and 3rd trimester. All pregnant women are more susceptible to flu because their immune system is repressed to prevent then responding to the baby as a foreign antigen.
It would be a good idea to get vaccinated this year, pregnant or not. The flu season has come early and has struck hard. Here in AR we've already had a bunch of school closings. Don't forget that kids over the age of 6 months can and should be vaccinated also. Lucy got her shot on her birthday (meanie mommie) and we took Finn to our local state health clinic ($15) because they were crazy busy at his regular clinic (at our Children's hospital). Doing this is even more important if you have a newborn or baby under 6 months at home. You don't want to bring flu home to your baby! One of my close friends here is a pediatric infectious disease specialist. She's seen 4 month olds in the ER with flu and they are soooo miserable. Don't forget your elderly (over 60) family either. They should get a flu shot and also the pneumococcal vaccine which will give them lifetime protection against streptococcal pneumonia (a common complication of flu). I have nagged my parents for years but only succeeded in convincing them when they managed to disrupt their vacation in Spain with a four day stay in hospital when they got pneumonia on top of bronchitis. Yup 'his'n hers' IV poles, so romantic.
Here ends the broadcast on behalf of vaccines everywhere.
Yes, the shot hurt like a !*#%!
No, having the shot won't make flu worse.
No the vaccine works really well, its just that there are new strains of the flu virus every year and the manufacturers have to make an educated guess about what goes in, even if they aren't exactly correct there is enough cross-reactivity that you get benefit in less severe disease.
No I don't make a flu vaccine Laura, I don't work on viruses.
DH, Dave (40)