That is my advice. I realize I am currently in the minority of physicians who would prescribe this advice, however, I will say it again, do not get vaccinated if you are pregnant. Such a stance, even a few years ago used to be more widespread, obvious and even commonsensical. One does not start any new drugs while pregnant unless seriously ill, and most certainly would not want to initiate a massive immune response at the same time one is carrying an antigenically distinct baby.
There is also a data driven reason for offering this advice. If we turn now to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), the authoritative federal government data repository on this topic administered by the Centers for Disease Control, there are some interesting patterns.
A computer scientist at the blog MedAlerts, has collated and graphed the data for us. The chart below shows the total number of spontaneous abortions/stillbirths reported to VAERS per a variety of vaccines. It is clear from the graph that both the H1N1 vaccine and the Gardasil vaccine have a far greater risk for this outcome than other vaccines. What the graph does not capture is that this is raw data of all adverse events for the time the vaccine has been on the market going back to the start of the database. So as is pointed out by Dr. Rubin at MedAlerts, while the H1N1 vaccine shows a bit less than 3 times as many reports of abortion/stillbirth as the seasonal flu vaccine, the H1N1 vaccine has only been on the market for a year versus 21 years worth of data collection for the regular seasonal flu vaccine. This implies that the H1N1 vaccine is some 60 times more likely to cause a miscarriage than the still relatively unsafe seasonal flu vaccine.
The vaccine with the greatest number of total reported abortions/stillbirths is Gardasil, which has only been on the market for four years. I would speculate whether Gardasil, targeted strongly towards prepubescent girls, and likely not near as widely received as the flu vaccine may even be more dangerous than the H1N1 vaccine. It should also be pointed out that the most common vaccines a pregnant woman would be at risk of being exposed to would be the influenza vaccines and the Gardasil vaccine.
This publicly available VAERS data is the official adverse reporting system of the federal government for vaccine adverse events. It likely only captures a fraction of the true adverse events as 1) reporting is voluntary while VAERS is not well publicized and 2) some physicians are loath to implicate a vaccine despite the clear temporal association. A previous study has found that this surveillance system may capture a tenth or less of actual adverse events. Regardless, both the H1N1 vaccine and Gardasil are orders of magnitude more likely to cause miscarriage than most other vaccines. It is inconceivable that these vaccines have not been pulled from the market and available stocks recalled immediately. It is criminal in light of the governments own data, that it continues this recent trend of loudly propagandizing for pregnant women to be vaccinated. As this is their data, and they do not act on it, if one is in good health it seems a losing bet to trust the government or mainstream medicine with sticking a needle in your arm.
As has been discussed on this blog previously, there is no worthwhile efficacy data for either, H1N1 or Gardasil for that matter. There is no rigorous scientific reason to believe they work and for this reason they should never have been marketed. That they are still marketed to pregnant women in light of this reported adverse event data is sickening and astonishing. If you are concerned about the flu take a vitamin D3 supplement. Unlike the H1N1 vaccine, there is data that this intervention decreases the incidence of flu. If anything a dose of 2000 IU per day would likely provide ancillary benefits as well to Mother and Baby. What it won’t do is drastically increase the risk of spontaneous abortion/stillbirth.
In 2009 About.com ran an article titled “Some Pregnant Women Fearful of H1N1 Vaccine” Over less than six weeks the article generated 440 comments with dozens of direct patient reports of miscarriage from the H1N1 vaccine. In 2010 on behalf of the National Coalition of Organized women, Eileen Dannemann, Paul G. King, PhD, and Gary S. Goldman, PhD wrote up a more in-depth analysis of the VAERS dataset entitled, “A Comparison: Probable 2009-A-H1N1-Flu-shot-related Fetal Losses and Maternal Deaths in Pregnant Women Attributed to Unverified H1N1-infection-related Complications” In future perhaps I can do a post looking solely at this article for the moment I will close with a brief exerpt of the conclusions of these experts who looked into the matter in detail.
“Simplistically, not vaccinating appears to have been about 85 /*editorial note that is 85 not 1.85 as I first read it*/ (95% C.I. = 65-111) times safer for the fetus and may have been as much as 192 (95% C.I. = 148 –250) times safer for the fetus than vaccinating the pregnant mother with an inactivated 2009-A-H1N1 flu shot.