The Flu Shot and Pregnancy
Influenza, more commonly referred to as the flu, is a respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness. For people who are pregnant, the flu can be especially dangerous because their bodies and immune systems are going through many changes.
The Flu: A Serious Threat During Pregnancy
Pregnant women are more likely to have serious complications such as pneumonia, hospitalization, and even death if they catch the flu. Their babies are also at risk for serious complications such as premature birth and low birth weight.
The Flu Shot Is Safe for Pregnant Women
The seasonal flu vaccine is safe, effective, and highly recommended to protect pregnant women and their developing babies during any trimester of the pregnancy. The flu shot is made with inactive viruses, so it cannot give you the flu itself. Additionally, the antibodies that are developed after getting a flu shot will be passed onto your developing baby, thus extending protection for the first few months of their life.
Commonly-experienced side effects from the seasonal flu shot include redness or soreness at the injection site, low-grade fever, headache, muscle aches, nausea, and fatigue.
If you are pregnant and would like to learn more about the flu shot, talk to your primary care provider for more information or to schedule an appointment. The flu shot remains as one of the best ways to protect you and your baby during flu season.
This article is meant for educational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for advice from a qualified medical professional.
This blog post was first published on WFMCHealth.org.