The flu may sound like no big deal, but it’s especially dangerous for pregnant women and newborns. If you’re pregnant and have the flu, you may have serious health complications and need treatment at a hospital. You also may have complications with your pregnancy, such as preterm labor, premature birth, and birth defects. Babies with the flu can develop pneumonia, dehydration, and brain problems. The flu can lead to death in both pregnant women and babies.
The good news: The flu vaccine is a safe way to help keep you and your baby healthy. When you get the flu vaccine during pregnancy, it helps protect your newborn until his or her first flu vaccine at age 6 months. The vaccine also is effective at preventing serious flu illness in pregnant women.
The flu vaccine is safe for you and your fetus when given at any time during pregnancy. All pregnant women should get the flu vaccine.
If you have more questions about the flu vaccine, talk with Dr. Rose.
More articles on vaccine safety: http://immunizationforwomen.org/providers/vaccine-safety/research-articles.php
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