Pregnant women and their newborns are at increased risk for severe illness from the flu. This podcast discusses the importance of pregnant women receiving the flu vaccine. Created: 8/18/2011 by MMWR.
Date Released: 8/18/2011. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Flu-Free Babies and Moms
Influenza Vaccination Among Pregnant Women — United States, 2010–11 Season
Recorded: August 16, 2011; posted: August 18, 2011
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During pregnancy, women are at increased risk of severe illness from influenza, including going into labor too early, getting severe pneumonia, and, in rare cases, death. Newborns are also at high risk for severe illness from the flu. A pregnant woman should get the flu vaccine to protect herself and her baby, through the first six months of life. The flu shot has been given to millions of pregnant women over many years. It's safe for mom and baby and can be given at any time during pregnancy.
If you're pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, ask your health care provider about getting the flu vaccine.
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