Q. I am five months pregnant. My obstetrician recommended a flu vaccine, but I’m afraid it could be harmful. Is it safe to get a flu vaccine during pregnancy?
Many people may not realize that influenza is more dangerous for pregnant women than women who are not pregnant. Pregnant women are at an increased risk of more severe disease and flu-related death because of the changes in their bodies. Influenza infection can also be harmful to unborn babies.
For all of these reasons, pregnant women should receive a flu vaccine. Multiple studies have shown that flu vaccines are safe for expectant mothers and their babies.
Another important factor: Babies cannot be vaccinated against influenza until 6 months of age. Therefore, vaccinating mothers adds an extra layer of protection for infants. However, pregnant women should not receive the nasal flu vaccine because it is a live virus vaccine.
For more information about influenza and pregnancy visit: cdc.gov.