Should You Get a Flu Vaccine While Pregnant? Hear from the Experts

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The best way to prepare for and stay healthy during flu season is to get a flu vaccine. It’s even more important to get a flu shot when pregnant.

A flu vaccine is the best protection against the flu for everyone, including pregnant women and their developing babies.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that all women who are pregnant during flu season get a flu shot.

Why is it so important to get vaccinated?

Pregnancy causes changes in the heart, lungs, and immune system that make it harder for pregnant women to fight infections than women who are not pregnant.

Having the flu while pregnant can be dangerous. In fact, pregnant women are at high risk of serious flu complications and are more likely to be hospitalized.

The flu vaccine does not just protect mom; it protects her unborn baby too. It does so by helping to protect babies from flu illness during the first few months after birth.

A flu shot can be given at any time during pregnancy, but if you have concerns you should talk with your doctor.

Flu shots are now available at Lovelace Medical Group’s Urgent Care located at 6701 Jefferson NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Click here to check-in online or call 505-727-2727 to schedule an appointment.

Lovelace would like to make your pregnancy experience as memorable and stress-free as possible.

We can help you navigate your health care. No matter your insurance or birthing plan, join our Labor of Love program for free pregnancy perks, such as access to Loving Start, our prenatal education classes and weekly pregnancy e-newsletters. Once baby arrives, you can also take advantage of our new parent support group and free postnatal fitness classes. Sign up today by calling 505-727-7677.