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Old 08-29-2006, 05:58 PM   #11
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Ok, sorry to thread hijack, but Julesmom23girls when is your newest due and how old will he/she be at the time that you would get the shot? (I am PG w/#3 and although I am at HUGE risk because of severe asthma I can never find anyone who will give me a shot when I am pregnant). This is the third time I'll try in the past four years. My whole family got one last year and I think my son was four or five months old at the time...the flu would probably at the very least hospitalize him or worse as his asthma needs supervision on a daily basis even when he's not sick. So for me the shot itself is of minute consequence as compared to getting the actual flu.......I've had it once since I've been married and it was SCARY. But if anyone knows where PG people can get the shot please let me know....I've tried all my Dr's but only certain ones carry it and they don't always have enough (even my asthma specialist). I've also tried clinics and drugstores but they will only give it non-pregnant people so I'm kinda stuck. It's also hard because I teach and can't even begin to count how many precious darlings will bring it into my classroom this year for me to be exposed to. Thanks to anyone who can help!
DH is in the military so we get all our healthcare on a military base, and they usually have an abundance of flu vax because all mil personel are given it(I think anyway). My newest will be born on Oct 3rd and I know that flu shot time starts right around the same time. I know that they recommend PG women in 2-3 trimester get the shot and w/ your asthma I can't believe you have had any trouble getting it. I would def check w/ your OB and early, (next appt if poss.) If you want to get it, tell them and find out when it will be available and if they can't/don't give it where can you get it. I am sure your OB can advise you on that. Also, if you get WIC ask them, or heck call them anyway even if you don't qualify, they should be able to tell you where you can get a flu shot. Good luck

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Old 08-29-2006, 06:17 PM   #12
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Just my two cents...

We don't auto-vax (when told to by peds) anymore after watching my lovely 12mob lose lots of skills after his 1yr MMR, now we know he is autistic...

...however, we do flu shots every year, very glad to have the thimerosal info! Last year, only DH got the flu shot, and the other 5 of us all got it. It was extremely miserable, and 14mo ds has still not gone back to sleeping thru the night! I'm not about to go through that again, and my OB is very pro-flu shot, but her office doesn't do that directly, you have to find a primary care person that does it. I'm due in November.

County health offices are usually very good at at least referring you to flu shot sources, if they don't do it themselves. I've also had good results with doctors who cater to elderly populations, they tend to order more than enough to administer some to our family.

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Old 08-29-2006, 10:31 PM   #13
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and my OB is very pro-flu shot, but her office doesn't do that directly, you have to find a primary care person that does it.
That's exactly my situation too...OB said I'm good to go to get one, but she said I had to go with my primary care Dr. (who laughed and told me I couldn't have one because I was PG) or asthma specialist as they don't order them at her office. I guess I'll keep my fingers crossed that they have ordered enough this year and/or have them available when I can get one.

And again my apologies to Julesmom23girls for the hijack, but I really do appreciate the help!! I hope everything works out for your new little one as well. I can't imagine having to deal with the flu in a newborn...way too scary for me.
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Old 08-30-2006, 07:46 AM   #14
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To me you q was related and if my q helps you get your q answered then that is all that matters to me. So Teachermama don't worry about hijacking. I hope you can find a place that will vax, maybe you can have your OB contact your primary DR so they know that you should get the vax and which one would be best, or maybe the OB can write you a script that says which flu vax you need so you can take it where ever the vax is being given. That way w/ you OB permission they will be more inclined to give it to you. I don't know if it would work or not, but worth a shot. No pun intended, LOL
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Old 08-30-2006, 09:45 AM   #15
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You will not pass immunity on to your chid with the vaccination. You will pass on mercury.
i would not geta flu shot ever but especially not while pregnant or nursing.
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OH that is a good idea, how do you put it in the OJ, can you get it in liquid and pill form. I have been hearing so many good things about GSE, that is grapefruit seed extract right? Maybe I can avoid the flu shot all together, I really don't want to get it anyway, who really want to get a shot.

It's in liquid form and you CANNOT get it on your skin or take it undiluted unless you put the drops into empty gel capsules! It is so concentrated it will burn and it tastes nasty btw

GSE and the gel capsules can be found at your health food store.

For adults: 10-15 drops into the gel capsules
for children (older I'd say) 5 in capsules
and for children unable to swallow capsules- 1-3 drops into OJ to mask the flavor Works like a charm for mine

My kids are now taking them as daily maintainance for the cold, flu and nasty virus's they can bring home from school
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Old 08-30-2006, 10:07 AM   #17
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It's in liquid form and you CANNOT get it on your skin or take it undiluted unless you put the drops into empty gel capsules! It is so concentrated it will burn and it tastes nasty btw

GSE and the gel capsules can be found at your health food store.

For adults: 10-15 drops into the gel capsules
for children (older I'd say) 5 in capsules
and for children unable to swallow capsules- 1-3 drops into OJ to mask the flavor Works like a charm for mine

My kids are now taking them as daily maintainance for the cold, flu and nasty virus's they can bring home from school
Sounds good, maybe instead of capsules for me I can just add it to my oj too, do you think I still need 10-15 drops in OJ, or would that taste bad. How old are your kids that you put it there juice. I have a almost 5 yo and a 1 yo (she doesn't get OJ but I could put it in another juice).

Thanks so much for that info.
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Can babies under 6mo even get a flu shot? From the recommendations it's - elderly, people with chronic respiratory problems, pregnant women in their last tri, and children or infants age 6-24mo. I know in certain situations (like babies with asthma) it's recommended earlier, but from what I recall the "average" baby should get it if they are between 6 to 24mo... Don't know if I'm remembering correctly though - we don't get them anyway.
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Old 08-31-2006, 12:06 PM   #19
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Just want to reitterate, if you decide to get one, make sure you get the one with NO thimerosal in it. And don't just ask them, most docs have no idea which ones do or don't or even what thimerosal is. My hubby is a doc and he'd never even heard of the stuff and had no idea that so many vax's had such dangerous chemicals in them - docs just aren't told the negatives of vax's in medical school.
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