Are You Getting the Flu Shot?
If you’re pregnant, doctors say you should. Last year’s swine flu epidemic brought extra attention to the need for expecting women to get the shot, but even though the flu fuss has died down, don’t think you can get away without a jab this year; experts warn that any kind of flu is risky if you’re pregnant. Just keep in mind that while the influenza shot is safe during any trimester of pregnancy, the nasal spray version–FluMist, which is made from a live virus–should be avoided (but is okay if you’re breastfeeding). If vaccinated, you’ll not only protect yourself from getting sick, but you’ll also pass on your immunity to your baby to protect her until she’s old enough to get the shot.
Have you made an appointment for your flu shot yet?
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