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Thread: Please hurry - Mercury in breast milk????

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    Apr 2006

    Exclamation Please hurry - Mercury in breast milk????

    I've read through the posts already on whether or not to get the flu shot. But none answered my question of whether the mercury gets passed along to the baby in the mother's breastmilk. I know I'm not going to have my baby get the shot himself, but I'm thinking if I get it, maybe the antibodies will be passed onto him, but not the thermasol. Anyone know anything about this? I'm scheduled to go to the health dep today in 2 hours so hurry if you can with info!

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    Join Date
    Jun 2006

    Default Re: Please hurry - Mercury in breast milk????

    We are choosing not to do the flu shot, so I am sorry I do not know much about this as far as transferring into breast milk...This is what I found on Kellymom:

    Many moms wonder specifically about the flu vaccine. This, like other vaccines, can be administered to nursing mothers. According to Prevention and Control of Influenza: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), from the US Centers for Disease Control:

    "Influenza vaccine does not affect the safety of mothers who are breastfeeding or their infants. Breastfeeding does not adversely affect the immune response and is not a contraindication for vaccination."

    There are currently two forms of the flu vaccine:

    The intranasal (nasal mist) form of the influenza vaccine (trade-name FluMistâ„¢) is an attenuated (weakened) live vaccine. It is approved for use only in healthy people between the ages of 5 and 49 years. Per the CDC, "The current estimated risk of getting infected with vaccine virus after close contact with a person vaccinated with the nasal-spray flu vaccine is low (0.6%-2.4%)."
    The standard, injectable form of the flu vaccine is an inactivated (killed) vaccine.
    The CDC indicates that either form of the vaccine is acceptable for a breastfeeding mother, as long as she otherwise meets requirements for receiving the vaccine.

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