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Pregnancy and Vaccines

Posted on: October 22, 2009

I was in a meeting the other day that said that pregnant women with the swine flu will have the most difficult time getting better. So my questions is can you get either the flu vaccine or the swine flu vaccine while pregnant? I would be afraid to put anything into my body after trying for months to conceive and then God forbid something going wrong but according to Howard Lewine, M.D. it’s advised for women trying to get pregnant or already pregnant to received either vaccine.

Pregnant women should get the H1N1 flu shot and the seasonal flu shot for several reasons:

  • They can protect infants who cannot receive vaccination. The mother can pass protective antibodies to her fetus. They may help protect the baby after it’s born.
  • If you do get the flu, you have a higher than average risk of getting pneumonia. Pneumonia lowers your blood oxygen level. This means your fetus may not receive the oxygen needed for normal development.
  • Having the flu in pregnancy increases your risk of a miscarriage or giving birth too early.
  • Women who have a fever during early pregnancy are more likely to deliver a baby with a neural tube defect, such as spina bifida.

As for myself I have not taken the flu vaccine or the H1N1 vaccine.

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