Commonly asked question, answered, regarding pregnancy and the flu shot
September 23, 2014 at 9:48 PM CDT - Updated July 28 at 12:09 AM
Here's a question health providers hear often.
Is it safe for a pregnant women to get the flu shot?
The CDC says not only is it safe, it could save your baby's life.That's why the CDC and so many other medical organizations recommend the flu vaccine during pregnancy.
A big part of the reason is of instead of the vaccine, the other-to-be gets the flu. The complications from that could be deadly to a pregnancy, or lead to an early delivery and trouble for the baby.
Instead, a flu shot during pregnancy can provide some protection to the baby after birth.And that's important, since babies are not able to get the vaccine until they are six months old.
It may seem early to be talking about the flu, but the CDC says the best time for the shot is September, so your immunity has time to build up before the flu virus moves into our schools and neighborhoods.