Pregnant moms need flu protection too

shotSteering clear of X-rays and many over-the-counter medications is important when you’re pregnant. But flu shots are a must for your protection and for the protection of your baby.

Studies show that babies born to mothers that were given the flu vaccine during pregnancy are less likely to catch the virus after birth. And if that weren’t reason enough, those babies are also less likely to be born prematurely and are less likely to be hospitalized during the first year than the babies whose moms weren’t vaccinated.

During pregnancy a mom-to-be’s immune system is weakened to the point that they are at higher risk of catching every bug that’s going around — especially the influenza virus. If mom’s due date falls within flu season (October to April), then baby runs the risk of getting sick, too.

When you get your flu shot you should also check with your doctor to see if you’re up to date with your other vaccinations as well. The Tdap vaccine is another must have for expectant moms. It protects against pertussis (whooping cough), diptheria and tetanus and safeguards your newborn from catching these diseases until he or she is old enough to get immunized against them.

Learn more on pregnancy and the flu shot:

NT Times on a new study that confirms benefits of flu vaccine for pregnant women.

CDC Flu Vaccine Factsheet

More information on the benefits of the flu shot to pregnant women from flu.gov.

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