Flu Shot May Help During Pregnancy

Flu Vaccination Grippe
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As you know, some medications can cause problems during pregnancy. You’ll want to talk to your doctor before taking anything, even over-the-counter remedies. That said, some medications are not only safe to use during pregnancy, they can actually be tremendously beneficial and help protect both you and your baby.

Take, for example, the flu shot. A recently-released study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you should have a flu shot during pregnancy. It will help protect not only you but your baby from catching the flu. In fact, even after your baby is born, she and you both will be protected from the flu virus because you had the shot.

The study showed that babies whose mothers had the flu vaccine during pregnancy were only about half as likely to be hospitalizeedd with the flu. That’s a staggering figure, and one that you shouldn’t take lightly.

Having the flu during pregnancy can create problems, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections, and more. In some extreme cases, you having the flu during pregnancy can actually lead to fetal demise.

In addition, mothers pass on their antibodies during pregnancy, especially during the last part of pregnancy. It’s important that you do what you can while you’re pregnant to help your baby’s immune system. During those first six months of life, your baby can’t be immunized, so it’s especially important.

There are some misconceptions out there about the flu vaccine that may keep some women from deciding to get the shot. For example, it used to be that the flu vaccine used a live flu virus to do it’s job. Today, that’s not the case. Today’s flu shot contains inactive viruses that don’t appear in the body.

So, what about you? Will you get the flu shot during pregnancy, or have you previously? Has your doctor recommended it? If you haven’t, what kinds of concerns are holding you back?

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