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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Flu Shots for Kids and Preggy Mommy

Today is the scheduled date for the flu shots to be administered to employees and our dependents here in the office. I registered, and so are my two little girls. Unfortunately, yesterday, I was told by our company nurse that only kids 3 years old and above can take the vaccine. Hmmm. I wondered why? So, I made a quick research about flu shots for babies and toddlers and I've learned that shots are even recommended now for all children younger than 5. So, I'm really puzzled why my Baby Gab can't have the vaccine. Anyway, here's more about the safety of flu shots for babies and toddlers.

Now, since Baby Gaby can't have the vaccine, only me and my 5-year old Yana will have it. But just a while ago, our company nurse asked me if my OB is okay with the idea that I get a flu shot. I alread asked one OB almost a month ago about this and she said that flu shot is safe for pregnant women. But I don't know why I'm having second thoughts about it now. So, again, I made another research about safety of flu shots for pregnant women to be sure. Read here.

Still I'm having second thoughts. Should I or should I not?

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Genejosh said...


added u already...congrats pala for another baby to come..Kelan ang due date mo? praying for the best for you and your baby...

Genejosh said...

added you na pala sa blog list ko...thanks...

Melanie said...

Hi Phoebs,

During my earlier months of pregnancy, I schedule a flu shots for me. But when the pharmacist found out that I was pregnant she told me that this kind of vaccine is harmful for my unborn baby. There is a certain chemical that could affect the baby in your belly. But when I was pregnant with Gabz, I got a flu shot and she turned out ok. Maybe this new flu vaccine has certain bacteria that is harmful now....if it is not really need for you to have one...better safe than sorry. But I am surprised that how come Gaby could not have one. Gabz has flu shots every year since she was born....just my thoughts...hehehehe

Margaret Kowalski said...

Finally, a blog that isn't trying to sell me something! From my personal experiences as a physician, I've learned that flu shots are very important for all people, especially the elderly and young children. It's very important for pregnant women to get immunized, so that they will not get influenza. This could increase chances of a miscarriage.