Pregnant women are a demographic that pharmaceutical companies rely on for heavy profits. And whenever they are looking to further enhance their bottom lines, it is one of the first demographics they turn to. Pregnant women are typically keen on doing everything they can to make sure they not only have a healthy baby, but maintain the pregnancy. Interestingly enough, however, most pregnant women feel that the health and maintenance of their fetuses means NOT getting the suggested flu shots. According to Waking Times, “most” means 90% of them. Being honest here, that makes me feel pretty happy. Sadly, Doctors feel they have this control, authority over pregnant women and also feel they can expose their internal fears and intuition. This isn’t every Doctor, clearly, but it does seem a good amount of them push the flu shot onto pregnant patients.
But the flu shot is with complications to fetuses.
Getting a flu shot during pregnancy provides unanticipated risks to the baby. Specifically, one study showed that the H1N1 vaccination during the H1N1 pandemic was associated with thousands of cases of miscarriages and stillbirths which the CDC failed to inform vaccine providers.
Current data from a 3-year reporting base is confirming previous reports that the majority of pregnant women are refusing influenza and other related vaccines that may jeopardize their health and that of their baby.
In 2011, Dr. Alessandro Bertoucci who analyzed the practices of 256 physicians treating more than 600,000 patients, reported that a staggering 91% of pregnant women are declining influenza vaccines due to fears of miscarriage and suspected toxins in the vaccine itself.
Your Doctor, particularly when you are pregnant, should work with your ambitions and goals in providing healthcare. If you sense dogma or ulterior agendas, it might not be the worst idea to simply look around for a Doctor you feel more comfortable with. Don’t be afraid to do your own research and try out other Doctors. A Doctor suggesting the flu shot is one thing, but pushing it on you in the face of your refusal of the shot could serve as a red flag.