Flu season makes just about everybody nervous, but pregnant women are in an especially vulnerable spot. You might be wary about getting the flu vaccine this year, or unsure if pregnant people can get the shot at all. Well, there are some potential reasons to get the flu shot while pregnant. For the most part, getting the shot can be a safe and positive choice for your health, as well as the health of your baby.
In fact, medical professionals advocate flu vaccines for pregnant women. "ACOG continues to recommend that all women receive the influenza vaccine. This is particularly important during pregnancy. Influenza vaccination is an essential element of prenatal care because pregnant women are at an increased risk of serious illness and mortality due to influenza," said Haywood L. Brown, M.D., president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). For the most part, the flu shot is a safe and healthy option for women who are expecting.
Of course, getting the flu shot is an individual decision for everyone. If you have particular concerns about the shot's effects on your health, or that of your baby's, then don't hesitate to discuss the matter with your healthcare professional. For the most part, though, flu shots can offer pregnant women many potential benefits.