Flu and Pregnancy

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about flu and pregnancy.

How important is it for a pregnant woman to get the flu vaccination?

It is very important for pregnant women to get the flu vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC).

The flu is a serious illness, and it can cause serious problems to pregnant women, putting them at higher risk of hospitalization and even death, according to the CDC.

Getting such a severe illness while you’re pregnant also can be dangerous to your unborn baby, increasing the risk of premature labor and delivery, according to the CDC.

Getting a flu shot is the best protection for both you and your baby, according to the CDC. The flu shot causes your baby to make antibodies to help fight the flu. Those antibodies are passed on to your baby.

The antibodies a pregnant mother passes on to her unborn baby will help protect the baby for up to six months after the baby is born, according to the CDC. This is important because babies cannot get their own flu shots until they are 6 months old.

For more information about the importance of pregnant women getting flu shots, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); U.S. Department of Health and Human Services