The importance of a flu shot for pregnant women

Doctors, CDC recommend flu vaccine for mom when baby is too young for one

Fu shots are important in pregnancy. A closeup of a woman's arm about to get a vaccine from a doctor with gloves on.

Getting a flu shot is one of the most important gifts you can give to yourself and your baby during pregnancy.

The shot is safe for pregnant women and there are fewer cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza among infants with immunized mothers.

Getting the flu shot while pregnant is the best flu-prevention strategy for newborns as they acquire important antibodies from maternal circulation. The shot’s effects can help protect a newborn from flu for several months after birth as the vaccine is not approved for use in infants less than 6 months of age.

Pregnancy-related changes in the immune system, heart and lungs make women more susceptible to the influenza virus and severe associated illnesses during pregnancy and postpartum.

Women diagnosed with influenza during pregnancy face an increased risk of pregnancy-related complications, including preterm labor. Additionally, newborns with mothers diagnosed with influenza face increased risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that not only does the risk of preterm labor rise in women with the flu, but their babies also have a greater chance of birth defects.

The CDC calls flu shots an important, safe way to protect mothers and their babies from serious illness and complications from the flu.

The CDC stresses that the flu shot has been given to millions of pregnant women over many years and has not been shown to cause harm to them or their babies.

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