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Flu vaccine during pregnancy provides dual protection

Posted Dec 15 2010 5:44pm

Flu shots have been recommmended during pregnancy because pregnant women are at greater risk of getting really sick with the flu. That’s what happens when you are living as an immune compromised pregnant person! (Don’t worry, it’s the body’s way of accepting your little growing baby inside you that contains foreign DNA —so it’s not permanent.)

But, emerging data suggests that the flu shot provides dual protection for both mother and baby-to-be. A new study performed at Yale New Haven Hospital shows that babies under six months of age whose moms received flu vaccine during pregnancy did not need to be hospitalized for flu illness over 90% of the time. In short: flu vaccine during pregnancy seems to protect babies who are too young to receive flu vaccine themselves.

Our recommendation: Get the flu shot, ladies! The inactivated flu shot is safe to give during any trimester of pregnancy.

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