Flu and Pregnancy

Pregnant women face a higher risk than other women of developing flu complications. Therefore, it is important that women who are pregnant or trying to conceive talk to their doctor about being vaccinated.Because the flu shot is made from inactivated viruses (the viruses are killed), many experts consider flu shots safe during any stage of pregnancy.  However, since miscarriages most often occur in the first trimester of pregnancy, experts have traditionally not given a flu shot during the first trimester to avoid a coincidental association with miscarriage. 

Women who will be beyond the first three months of pregnancy during the flu season should get a flu shot.  Pregnant women who have medical problems that increase their risk for complications from the flu should get a flu shot before the flu season, no matter their stage of pregnancy.

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