Q. Should pregnant women get flu shots?
A. Yes. "Pregnant women are slightly immunosurpressed," says Chia-Ling Tung, MD, an ob-gyn affiliated with Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Because their bodies are hard at work growing babies, pregnant women's natural responses to fight off illnesses are compromised; this puts them in the Center for Disease Control's category of "high risk" for flu complications. Dr. Tung recommends that pregnant women receive flu shots regardless of their trimester or whether they've had flu shots in the past.
The CDC notes that "October or November is the best time to get vaccinated, but you can still get vaccinated in December and later."
According to the CDC, the following people are also considered crucial recipients of flu shots:
- Children aged 6-59 months
- Adults ages 50 and older
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
- People who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities (or individuals who care for them)
Originally published on AmericanBaby.com, September 2006.
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