Frequent question: Is the flu shot safe during pregnancy?

Why you shouldn’t get the flu shot while pregnant?

Myth: You should skip the flu shot so you don’t get sick from it. Skipping your flu shot while pregnant is not recommended for many reasons. Pregnant women have a weakened immune system, heart, and lungs and are more vulnerable to catching viruses like the flu.

Can a flu shot harm a pregnant woman?

The flu shot is made from an inactivated virus, so it’s safe for both mother and baby during any stage of pregnancy. The nasal spray vaccine isn’t recommended for use in pregnant women. If you have concerns about the flu shot during pregnancy, talk to your doctor.

What week in pregnancy should I get the flu shot?

A: In general, we like to avoid exposures of anything in the first trimester of pregnancy and that is why there’s been a general recommendation to wait until 12 weeks to get a flu shot.

Does flu shot help baby during pregnancy?

Pregnant people should get a flu shot and not the nasal spray flu vaccine. Flu shots given during pregnancy help protect both the pregnant parent and the baby from flu. Vaccination has been shown to reduce the risk of flu-associated acute respiratory infection in pregnant people by up to one-half.

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Should you get a flu shot in your first trimester?

Getting the flu shot during any trimester of pregnancy is reasonable and safe, and being vaccinated against the flu in the first trimester will not put your baby at risk. But if you’re nervous about getting the flu shot during the first trimester, don’t refuse to be vaccinated.

Can I get the Covid vaccine if I am pregnant?

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future.

Can flu cause early miscarriage?

Miscarriage Risk

Although cold and flu viruses can certainly make you uncomfortable (especially if you’re pregnant and certain medications are off-limits), they aren’t likely to cause miscarriage.