Pregnant Women Need a Flu Shot Too Pregnant Women Need a Flu Shot Too
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Have You Heard Pregnant Women Need a Flu Shot!
If you’re pregnant, a flu shot is your best protection against serious illnesses caused by the flu. A flu shot can protect pregnant women, their unborn babies, and even the baby after birth. The flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant. Changes in the immune system, heart and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women more prone to severe illness from flu, which can lead to hospitalization or even death. A pregnant woman with the flu also has a greater chance of serious problems for her unborn baby, including miscarriage or preterm birth.