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One immunization should be on your to-do list if you're expecting: the flu shot. According to new guidelines announced by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, getting the annual flu shot is especially important for you and your baby when you're pregnant.

Your immune system changes when you're expecting, making it more likely that you'll develop complications, including early labor, more serious illness, and pneumonia, if you get the flu. And getting the flu vaccine when you're pregnant lets you pass on the antibodies and protect your newborn until he or she is old enough to be vaccinated at six months.

Right now, only about half of all pregnant women get the flu vaccine each year, but experts are hoping the number of pregnant women who get the shot increases with the announcement of these guidelines.

Tell us: Did you get the flu shot when you were pregnant? Why or why not?

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