Pregnant? Top 3 Reasons Why You Need the Flu Vaccine
Pregnant? Top 3 Reasons Why You Need The Flu Vaccine (Text Version)
[Photo of smiling pregnant woman with a bandage from a vaccine on her shoulder.]
- The flu is a serious illness that can be much more severe during pregnancy. It can be life-threatening for newborns and pregnant women.
- Getting the flu vaccine during pregnancy helps protect your newborn from the flu until the baby is old enough for his or her own vaccine.
- The flu vaccine is safe for both you and your fetus. You cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine.
Get the flu vaccine during every pregnancy, as soon as the vaccine is available. You can get the flu vaccine during any trimester.
Learn more at acog.org/Vaccine-Resources.
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This resource was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a part of a financial assistance award totaling $500,000 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.