Marla asks, “I’m pregnant and my doctor wants me to get a flu shot. Is that dangerous for my baby?”
It's more dangerous to go without getting a flu shot. An average of 114,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, with pregnant women and their babies falling in the high risk group. It is recommended that pregnant women get the flu shot if they will be pregnant past their first trimester in flu season, which stretches from November through April in the United States.
Why get a flu shot? It will prevent the flu of course. According to the CDC, 10% to 20% of US residents will get the flu. In addition to protecting yourself, you will be protecting your baby. By getting the flu shot, you will also be transferring influenza vaccine-specific antibodies to your baby after birth. This protection can last up to two months, keeping your newborn healthy and safe. As always, speak to your doctor about whether or not you are a candidate for the flu vaccine.
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