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Is it safe to have the flu vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding?


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Is it safe to have the flu vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding?
 
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It is safe for pregnant women to have the flu vaccine, but that they should have the thiomersal-free vaccine (mercury-free) wherever possible. It is considered that the benefits of having the vaccination outweigh the risks of exposure to thiomersal.

Some pregnant women have medical conditions (such as chronic disease of the heart, lungs, liver or kidneys) which suppress their immune systems, making a bout of flu more severe. Again, in these cases the benefits of having a flu vaccine are greater than any possible risks, and vaccination should take place before the flu season begins, regardless of the stage of pregnancy.

Clinical studies have shown no adverse effects from the flu vaccine on pregnant women (or their babies) or those who are breastfeeding, as the virus in the vaccine is inactivated.


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