Influenza Vaccine While Pregnant

Dr. Rosa Moreno explains why the flu vaccination is especially important for pregnant women and answers common flu vaccine questions. Seasonal flu vaccines have been given to millions of pregnant women in the last ten years. Reactions are generally mild and serious side effects are very rare.

Studies have shown that the flu vaccine is safe during any stage of pregnancy, from the first few weeks up to your expected due date. The vaccine doesn’t carry risks for either you or your baby. Women who have had the flu vaccine while pregnant also pass some protection on to their babies, which lasts for the first few months of their lives. The vaccine also poses no risk to women who are breastfeeding, or to their babies.