Reader Question: I'm pregnant and my doctor has recommended that I get a flu shot. Will this hurt my baby?
Just the opposite! A new study in The New England Journal of Medicine says that getting a flu shot during pregnancy will protect your baby after it's born, because your antibodies will get passed along in the womb. It found that babies of moms who got a flu shot were 63% less likely to get the flu. This is great news, because babies under 6 months old cannot be given the flu shot. And these little ones are the most likely of all children to require hospitalization if they do contract the flu.
Getting the flu shot during pregnancy is really important for Mom, too! The CDC recommends that ALL pregnant women get vaccinated, because being pregnant suppresses your immune system (so you're more likely to become very ill if you do get the flu). My advice? Go get the shot now—and encourage everyone else who will spend a lot of time around the baby to do the same.
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