Should Pregnant Women Get a Flu Shot?

October 8, 2019

Absolutely, 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 BSA Urgent Care for $25. Click here to check-in online.

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