Pregnancy Flu Shot Side Effects and Safety (cont.)

If I have the flu, what should I do?

If you get flu-like symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately. If necessary, your health care provider will prescribe an antiviral medicine to treat you. If you have a fever you should take Tylenol (or the store brand equivalent).

When should I get emergency care?

More reasons you need a flu shot if you are pregnant

If you're pregnant, a flu shot is your best protection against serious illness from the flu. A flu shot can protect pregnant women, their unborn babies, and even the baby after birth.

If you're pregnant, a flu shot is your best protection against serious illnesses caused by the flu.

The flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant. Changes in the immune system, heart and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women more prone to severe illness from flu, which can lead to hospitalization or even death. A pregnant woman with the flu also has a greater chance of serious problems for her unborn baby, including miscarriage or preterm birth.

A flu shot can protect pregnant women, their unborn babies, and even the baby after birth.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/11/2013


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