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Can Pregnant Women Get the Flu Shot?

Can Pregnant Women Get the Flu Shot?

Is the Flu Shot Safe for Expectant Mothers?

When you're expecting a little bundle of joy, you do everything you can to support your health and the health of your growing baby. But how does the flu shot fall into that plan?

Flu Shot Safety for Mothers-to-Be

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), getting vaccinated is the single best way to prevent the spread of the seasonal flu—even for pregnant women. In fact, getting sick with the seasonal flu while pregnant puts women at an increased risk for severe illness from flu and even hospitalization, causing harm to both the mother and the developing fetus.

While it is recommended for pregnant women to get vaccinated, it is important to note that pregnant women should get the flu shot and not the nasal spray for jet injector vaccines.

Other Ways to Protect Yourself from the Flu

Along with staying up-to-date on your vaccinations, there are other tips and tricks you can follow to help to support your health during flu season. Follow these practices to help keep you and the ones around you healthy:

  • Wash your hands with antibacterial soap, frequently and properly
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Stay home when you feel sick
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

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