Pregnancy Flu Shot Side Effects and Safety
Pregnancy flu shot side effects and safety facts*
*Pregnancy flu shot side effects and safety facts medical author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Should you get the shot? Is it safe?
Changes to a pregnant woman's immune system can make her more sensitive to the flu. You should get the flu vaccine as soon as it is available in your area.
Why does being pregnant put me at higher risk for getting the flu?
Changes to your immune system during pregnancy can make you more sensitive to the flu. This can result in serious problems for your unborn baby, including premature labor and delivery. Additionally, fever in early pregnancy can lead to birth defects.
How can I protect myself and my unborn child from the flu?
Get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available in your area. You will need to get the flu shot. The nasal spray flu vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women. If you get the flu shot during your pregnancy, research shows it provides some protection to your baby both while you are pregnant and after the baby is born.
In addition, follow our everyday steps to keep you and your baby healthy this flu season.
How can I protect my baby once he or she is born?
Breastfeeding protects babies because breast milk passes your antibodies to your baby. The antibodies in breast milk help fight off infection. Studies show that babies who are breastfed do not get as sick and are sick less often than babies who are not breastfed.
If you get the flu, do not stop breastfeeding. Unless directed by your health care provider, continue to nurse your baby while being treated for the flu.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/11/2013