H1N1 & Pregnancy: Swine Flu & Pregnant Women
On one hand, I worry about the risks of getting vaccinations during my pregnancy. (Are they safe for me & my baby?) On the other hand, scary news stories about swine flu make me want to stir up a pot of flu shot myself!
And I know I'm not alone. Lots of pregnant women are freaking out about the issue. My OB/GYN says many of his patients are asking him about the flu shot. And the message boards are buzzing about it, too. Some pregnant women who want the flu shot are practically kicking down doors trying to get themselves vaccinated, while other women are even considering postponing trying to conceive because of H1N1.
It's kind of nice to know I'm not the only one who's freaking out, but, at the same time, what I really want are some answers that will help me make the best decision for myself and my baby. So I did some research and here's what I learned:
Um, yikes. So how can I protect myself?!
Got it, but hold the phone. Vaccinations can be dangerous, right? Remember that whole mercury thing?
Sweet! One less thing to worry about! So, say I decide to get the shots, what else do I need to know?
7) Many pharmacy chains like CVS and Walgreen's are offering up seasonal flu shots at minimal costs. But there have been reports of shortages and long lines, so check first! However, as the H1N1 shots gets rolled out, you'll probably have to see your doctor.
After I'd gotten answers online (Thank you CDC!), I talked to my doctor, who helped me make my ultimate decision. If you're still struggling with your decision, I recommend you do the same and talk to your doctor about it.
As for me, I'm getting both flu shots. After talking to my doctor about the risks of not getting the shots (Um, potential death?) versus getting the shots (Hello! Not death!), I had the context that I need to make a quick decision and stop weighing it over and over in my head.
And don't worry, the shots I'm getting will be the ones from my doctor... not the ones I cooked up in the kitchen with Babe!
What about you? Are you getting your flu shots? Leave a comment below or join the conversation on the Pregnancy Message Board!