Pregnant or Not, Get Vaccinated
Understanding the value of flu vaccinations is crucial for expecting mothers. The typical flu season lasts from October through May. The best approach, pregnant or not, is always to get vaccinated earlier rather than later.
Vaccinations Protect Expecting Mothers
In response to the growing severity and infection rates of the influenza virus in recent years, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is encouraging higher vaccination rates among pregnant women earlier in the season. Vaccinations are essential for pregnant mothers who are at a higher risk for viral infections and serious illnesses due to changes in their immune systems.
Vaccinations Benefit Newborns Too
Vaccinations benefit newborns who are not given any vaccinations for at least six months after they are delivered. If the mother has been vaccinated during the pregnancy, the baby can still be born with the necessary antibodies.
Don’t be afraid to talk with your doctor about the importance of regular flu vaccinations. For women, preventing the flu is critical part of preconception, prenatal and postnatal care.