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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Pregnancy and The Flu Shot

Before you know it, flu season will be upon us. If you are pregnant or think you will be pregnant, read this information from mayoclinic.com:

Flu shot in pregnancy: Is it safe?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu shots for all women who will be pregnant during flu season. In North America, peak flu season is usually November to March. Because the flu shot is made from killed (inactivated) influenza virus, it is considered safe during any stage of pregnancy. However, pregnant women should not use the nasal-spray flu vaccine, which is made with live, weakened influenza virus.

Pregnancy can affect your immune system and also put extra stress on your heart and lungs. As a result, you may be at increased risk of not only getting the flu but of developing serious complications of the flu, including pneumonia. In addition, pregnant women with the flu are far more likely to require hospitalization for flu complications than women with the flu who are not pregnant.


I'll admit, I didn't get a flu shot when I was pregnant for a couple of reasons. First of all, I was suffering from terrible morning sickness when the shots were being given and second of all, I was to scared to inject anything inside my body.
However, if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant during flu season, it's helpful to know what the experts recommend.

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