New Patient Appointment. Call Us: New Patient Appointment or Your Pregnancy Matters. With flu season in full swing, September is possibly the worst time to release a confusing study about the safety of flu shots for pregnant woman. Unfortunately, click-baiting media outlets and grassroots anti-vaccination advocates got wind of the study.
Should I get the flu shot if I'm pregnant?
Is it safe to get the flu shot while pregnant?
Sep 18, CIDRAP News — A study conducted in Bangladesh suggests that an influenza shot during pregnancy lowers the risk of influenza both for the woman and for the baby in the first 6 months of life. The shots are not recommended or approved for babies younger than 6 months, who have a high risk of hospitalization if they contract flu. The CDC has recommended flu vaccination for 6- to month-olds since The women were randomly assigned to receive either inactivated flu vaccine or a valent pneumococcal vaccine. After the women gave birth, their babies were assigned to receive either a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine or a haemophilus influenzae type b Hib vaccine. The mothers and infants were observed from August though October Most of the women were followed from 2 weeks after immunization through delivery, and all were interviewed weekly to check for illnesses from the time of childbirth until the babies were 24 weeks old.
I'm Pregnant. Should I Get a Flu Shot?
Back to Your pregnancy and baby guide. It's recommended that all pregnant women have the flu vaccine, whatever stage of pregnancy they're at. One of the most common complications of flu is bronchitis , a chest infection that can become serious and develop into pneumonia. Women who have had the flu vaccine while pregnant also pass some protection on to their babies, which lasts for the first few months of their lives.