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- 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
Quick GuideNatural Cold & Flu Remedies
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?
- Seek immediate medical attention if you experience:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- High fever
- Decreased or no movement by your baby
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.