I just found out that I'm 6 weeks pregnant. Do I need to get the flu vaccine
or will it affect my pregnancy? – Eliza*
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the flu
vaccine for all women who:
are thinking about getting pregnant
have recently given birth
are breastfeeding during flu season
Pregnancy leads to changes in a woman's body. The immune
system becomes a bit weaker. That makes it easier for pregnant women to catch
any bug that's going around. And changes in how the heart and lungs work during pregnancy
make it more likely that the flu will turn into a more serious problem, like pneumonia.
Studies have shown that the flu shot is safe during pregnancy. The flu vaccine
also is available as a nasal spray, but it's not recommended for
If you get flu-like symptoms before or after you've been vaccinated, call your
doctor right away. Pregnant women who catch the flu may need to take antiviral medicine
to lower the chances of developing other health problems.