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Flu and Pregnancy

Because pregnancy causes changes to the immune system, heart, and lung function, pregnant women (and women up to two weeks postpartum) are more likely to experience complications from the flu. Flu vaccines can be given during any trimester.

Why Get Vaccinated While Pregnant?

  • The flu is serious: having the flu while pregnant can increase the risk of premature labor and delivery, hospitalization, or even death
  • Flu vaccines can prevent serious outcomes: getting a flu shot reduces a pregnant person’s risk of being hospitalized with flu by 40%
  • Flu vaccines can prevent illness: Flu shots during pregnancy reduce the risk of flu-associated acute respiratory infection in pregnant people by 50%

Impact of Flu On Babies

Since infants can’t receive a flu vaccine until they are six months of age, getting a flu vaccine in pregnancy is the best way to pass on protection to your newborn. Studies show that babies born to mothers who’ve received a flu vaccine during pregnancy are:

70% less likely

to suffer with flu

81% less likely

to be hospitalized for flu

Anakin's Flu Story

Anakin was born 10 weeks premature as a result of his mother contracting influenza while pregnant. He now suffers from chronic lung disease.

Read Anakin's Story

Safety of Flu Vaccine in Pregnant Women
  • Millions of pregnant women over many years have safely received a flu vaccine
  • There is NO increased risk for miscarriage after flu vaccination during pregnancy
  • Flu vaccination is not associated with birth defects

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Page last reviewed: November 2021. 

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