Pregnant? Get Your Flu Shot!

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Don't avoid the needle, moms-to-be. Credit: ZaldyImg, Flickr

If you're expecting, be sure you're first in line to get a flu shot this year.

The flu vaccine has been recommended for pregnant women for years, so why the added urgency this flu season?

Last year's H1N1 outbreak brought to light how hard the flu can hit pregnant women, and new research indicates that immunity is passed down to your baby.

In fact, 10 leading health organizations, including the March of Dimes, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, have co-signed a letter urging health care providers to recommend the flu shot to pregnant women and those trying to conceive.

Although the flu is generally considered a harmless bug that everyone gets, complications can arise, and when they do, they can be especially devastating to pregnant women and their babies. Also, pregnancy can compromise the immune system -- pregnant women are more likely to be hospitalized for flu complications than their non-pregnant counterparts -- so when the flu hits, they can get really sick.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.