Pregnant women are often discouraged from many things, such as eating too much, exercising too hard, or drinking and smoking. However, there is one thing that is not discouraged: getting a flu shot – no matter which trimester you are in.
The CDC states:
“Flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant. Changes in the immune system, heart, and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women (and women up to two weeks postpartum) more prone to severe illness from flu, as well as to hospitalizations and even death.”
There has been additional evidence that getting the shot while pregnant can help the baby after birth as well. Babies are unable to receive a flu shot until they are at least six months old. If you deliver during flu season, you need to be extra cautious with your newborn.
Pregnant women should never receive the nasal spray, only the shot. It is recommended that you get the shot in September or October when flu season begins. However, if you do not get it at this time, get it as soon as possible. This shot could save you or your baby’s life. Contracting the flu while pregnant can be life threatening as well as cause preterm labor.
Flu Season is Here!
Do not waste any time in getting the flu vaccine if you haven’t already. You don’t want to regret that you could have taken this more seriously. All About Women, a patient-centered health practice in Gainesville and Lake City passionate about all stages in a woman’s life, encourages you to get your flu shot and take care of yourself.
Have you found a physician you can trust to help you through your pregnancy? If not, contact our pregnancy care providers to schedule an initial appointment today.