Answer: an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against this potentially serious disease. And the good news is that it’s safe to get the flu shot during pregnancy.
Is the vaccine effective at preventing the flu?
Each year the CDC conducts studies to determine how effective the flu vaccine is at protecting against flu illness. It is important to note that the vaccine effectiveness can vary from season to season and depending on who is being vaccinated.
What are the benefits?
- The flu shot can keep you from getting the flu. And the vaccine can’t cause the flu.
- It’s safe to get the flu shot any time during pregnancy. But it’s best to get it now because flu season is October through May.
- Getting vaccinated during pregnancy can also protect your baby after he is born and before he is able to receive his own vaccination.
- There are different flu viruses and they’re always changing, so each year a new flu vaccine is made to protect you against three of four flu viruses that are likely to make you sick.
- Getting the vaccine is easy. You can get the shot from your health care provider, and many pharmacies and work places offer it each fall. Use the HealthMap Vaccine Finder to find out where you can get the flu vaccine.
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Should you get the flu vaccination?
Yes! Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. However there are exceptions. There are some people who cannot get the flu shot and others who should talk to their health care provider before getting the flu shot.
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