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Pregnant moms, babies, and flu shots

The flu can be especially hard on a pregnant woman or a newborn. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Stacie Greby says that’s because pregnancy changes a woman’s immune system, heart, and lungs. She says those changes can set a woman up for severe complications if they get the flu.

So health experts recommend pregnant women get vaccinated. Greby points out some of the benefits:

“It not only protects them, it protects their unborn child and can protect their newborn child as well – especially since a baby less than 6 months of age cannot be vaccinated.”

Greby says vaccination is safe for mom and baby – and makes things better for both.

A study on pregnancy and flu vaccination is in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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