Being six months pregnant I recently received a letter offering me a flu jab because I am classed as an “at risk” category. I have been in two minds whether or not to actually go ahead and have the jab. On the one hand I have read some good things, such as the fact that the baby would have immunity to the virus for the first six months of her life. On the other hand I have read accounts where the jab has been blamed for miscarriages and premature births.
The vaccine is fairly new and they are some concerns that it has not been adequately tested on some groups of people one of those groups being pregnant women. There have, however, been cases of pregnant women suffering severe complications when they do catch flu so most health professionals do recommend you have the vaccine. From my reading most women who have suffered a miscarriage as a direct result of having had the vaccine have been in the early stages of pregnancy, within the first 4-20 weeks, so I would imagine the risk is later pregnancy is small.
Personally, however, I have been unable to find anything to confirm that the vaccine is 100% safe in pregnancy. For this reason I have decided against having it. Whether I will later regret my decision if I later have flu I will have to wait and see, but I know I would regret it, if I were to have the vaccine and lose my currently healthy baby. For now, I will avoiding public transport and gatherings as much as possible, keeping fit and dosing up on the vitamins as well as relying on my immune system to get me through flu season. I would be interested to know what other people decided. Did you have the flu vaccine whilst pregnant?