Should i get a flue shot if i am pregnant?

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Today’s number one question! You are pregnant and are unsure if you should take the Flu Vaccine. Straight from CDC – Center of Disease Control –

Why should pregnant people get a flu shot?

  • Influenza is more likely to cause illness that results in hospitalization in pregnant people than in people of reproductive age who are not pregnant. 
  • Influenza also may be harmful for the developing baby.
  • A common influenza symptom, fever, has been associated in some studies with neural tube defects and other adverse outcomes for a developing baby.
  • Getting vaccinated while pregnant also can help protect a baby from influenza after birth (because antibodies are passed to a developing baby during pregnancy).
  • People who get the influenza vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding also develop antibodies against influenza that they can share with their infants through their breast milk.

We are entering a New Year. Let’s be safe medically as well as physically.  

The Birthing Center of NY  wishes you all a prosperous and Happy New Year!

Jacqueline Ann Chapman