Pregnancy Flu Shot Side Effects and Safety (cont.)
In this Article
- Pregnancy flu shot side effects and safety facts*
- Should you get the shot? Is it safe?
- Why does being pregnant put me at higher risk for getting the flu?
- How can I protect myself and my unborn child from the flu?
- How can I protect my baby once he or she is born?
- If I have the flu, what should I do?
- When should I get emergency care?
- More reasons you need a flu shot if you are pregnant
- The flu shot is the best protection against the flu
- The flu shot is safe for pregnant women
- Early treatment is important for pregnant women
- Pregnancy and influenza vaccine safety
- Influenza vaccination during pregnancy protects newborns from getting influenza.
- Influenza vaccination does not cause miscarriage
- More pregnant women are getting vaccinated against influenza
- Find a local Doctor in your town
The flu shot is the best protection against the flu
Getting a flu shot is the first and most important step in protecting against flu. When given during pregnancy, the flu shot has been shown to protect both the mother and her baby (up to 6 months old) from flu. The flu shot is safe to get at any time while you are pregnant, during any trimester. (The nasal spray vaccine should not be given to women who are pregnant.)
The flu shot is safe for pregnant women
Flu shots are a safe way to protect pregnant women and their unborn children from serious illness and complications of flu, like pneumonia. The flu shot has been given to millions of pregnant women over many years. Flu shots have not been shown to cause harm to pregnant women or their babies. It is very important for pregnant women to get the flu shot.
Early treatment is important for pregnant women
If you get sick with flu-like symptoms, call your doctor right away. If needed, the doctor will prescribe an antiviral medicine that treats the flu.
Pregnant women who get a fever should treat it with a fever-reducing medicine containing acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) and contact their doctor as soon as possible.
Pregnancy and influenza vaccine safety
Influenza (flu) vaccine safety studies are reporting good news for pregnant women. This research was presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in October 2011.
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