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Can You Get the Flu Shot While Pregnant?

Can You Get the Flu Shot While Pregnant?

As the fall season continues to roll in, it brings with it cooler temperatures, shorter days, and an influx of cases of the flu. As we get closer and closer to the height of flu season, first-time mothers may find themselves wondering if they should get vaccinated and if it’s safe for their growing babies.

Should You Get Vaccinated While Pregnant?

Yes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) getting the seasonal flu (influenza) vaccine is the most effective step when it comes to protecting pregnant women against the flu. However, it is important to note that pregnant women should get the flu shot rather than the nasal spray form of the flu vaccine. This is because the flu shot itself helps to protect both the mother and her baby.

Getting vaccinated while pregnant also helps to protect your baby from the flu for the first several months of life after birth as they are too young to get vaccines of their own.

Is There an Increased Risk of Miscarriage?

Research has shown that there is no increased risk of experiencing a spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) after being vaccinated while pregnant. Getting vaccinated during pregnancy actually reduces the risk of flu-related hospitalizations in pregnant women by up to 40%.

Side Effects

The side effects experienced by pregnant women are the same as those experienced by non-pregnant people.

Typically, these symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea

If you experience side effects, they generally begin shortly after receiving the vaccine and subside after 1 to 2 days.

Birthing Care Services in Henry County

At Henry County Hospital, you can expect a five-star experience when you choose to grow your family with our family-centered birthing care services. Our knowledgeable and compassionate staff helps your family make the first days healthful and comfortable. after welcoming your little one into the world.

From education to emotional support, we focus on your individual health and wellness. Learn more about our birthing center today.