If You Are Pregnant or Recently Pregnant, the Flu Shot Could Save Your Life (And Your Baby’s)!

During flu season (October-April), pregnant and postpartum women have an increased chance of illness (possibly death) due to bodily changes during pregnancy. Infants, up to six (6) months of age, are also at high risk of severe or fatal illness since they are too young to receive a vaccination.

A flu shot can protect a mother and her newborn if she is vaccinated during pregnancy. If a mom did not receive the flu shot while pregnant, she should receive it before being discharged or at her six (6) week check-up.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend those women who are or who plan to be pregnant during flu season should receive the flu shot.

Common Reasons for Not Getting a Flu Shot Dismissed

“I don’t normally get a flu shot.”- Remember that your body is/has gone through many changes during your pregnancy. What your body normally fights off could seriously hurt you while or soon after being pregnant.

“I am worried that the flu shot may hurt my baby.”- The CDC and ACOG report that the flu shot is safe for your unborn baby at any stage of your pregnancy.

“I was worried about the side effects that the flu shot may have on me.”- If you experience the side effects of the flu shot (mild fever, aches, headaches, itchiness, fatigue), the effects will clear up after 1-2 days.

Don’t delay, make your appointment for a flu shot today!