Pregnancy can lower your immune systems and it can make you more susceptible to the flu. But it can also cause you to become more ill if you do get the flu. The flu shot will protect you and your baby from the flu. Your baby's immunity will last up to six months after birth.
As with any treatment or immunization, you should talk to your doctor or midwife about the specifics for you. There are some reasons, like allergies to ingredients in the flu vaccine, that may cause you to not wish to take the flu shot. The conversation with your midwife or doctor will help you make the best decision for you and your baby this flu season.
Other things that you can do to help avoid the flu:
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid people who are ill or have flu-like symptoms
- Breastfeed your baby as your immunities pass to baby
- Wear your baby, so that others aren't able to touch baby
You should not get a flu shot if you are allergic to any of the components of the vaccine or if you have had previous bad reactions. Be sure to talk to your practitioner.
Pregnancy and Influenza (Flu). Centers for Disease Control. Last Accessed 9/29/11.