Pregnancy and the flu shot
Family medicine physician Kate DuChene Hanrahan, MD, MME, FAAFP describes how the flu vaccine is one of the easiest steps you can take to protect you and your baby.
Should I get the flu shot if I’m pregnant?
Your body changes when you’re pregnant, including your heart, lungs, and immune system. These changes make you more vulnerable to severe infections. These infections could even require hospitalization.
Getting a flu shot can cut that risk in half. It also protects your new baby until they can get their first flu shot. They are eligible for their first shot when they are six months old. After getting the flu shot, you will pass antibodies onto your baby that will help keep them safe.
Should my family members also get the flu vaccine?
It is very important that your partner and your family members who will be around the baby also get their flu shot. Keeping those around you and your baby healthy will help decrease the chance that your baby will be exposed to the flu virus.