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Should I get a flu shot while I'm pregnant?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

If you're pregnant, you should consider getting a flu vaccine. Pregnancy causes changes in the heart, lungs and immune system that can make you more vulnerable to the flu and increase your risk of complications, including premature labor and delivery. 

A flu shot can also protect your baby, not only during pregnancy but for up to six months after she's born. Opt for a shot rather than the nasal flu vaccine; the flu shot has been used in pregnant women for years and isn't known to cause any harm to them or their babies. 

Dr. Diana K. Blythe, MD
Pediatrician

The immune system of pregnant women changes to allow something that is not all her to grow inside. Pregnancy in some ways does decrease a women's ability to fight off infection. The flu shot helps protect women from the flu during a time of lowered immunity. In addition, moms should be aware that there are benefits for her baby. Because a serious illness, like the flu, during pregnancy can cause problems for the baby, the flu shot protects both the mother and the growing baby.

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