When you get vaccinated, request the flu shot — not the nasal spray vaccine. The flu shot is made from an inactivated virus, so it’s safe for both mother and baby during any stage of pregnancy.
Is the flu shot safe during pregnancy?
Flu vaccination is safe during pregnancy.
Pregnant women should get a flu shot; NOT the live attenuated vaccine (LAIV or nasal spray). Postpartum women, even if they are breastfeeding, can receive either type of vaccine. There is a lot of evidence to show that flu shots can be safely given to women during pregnancy.
How does flu shot affect baby?
Getting the flu shot during any trimester of pregnancy is reasonable and safe, and being vaccinated against the flu in the first trimester will not put your baby at risk.
When should I get flu shot while pregnant?
When should I get a flu shot during pregnancy? Flu season can last from as early as October until as late as May. The CDC recommends getting a flu shot as early in each flu season as possible (preferably by early to late October) so you’re protected from the start. But it’s never too late to get immunized.
Can flu cause birth defects?
Maternal Cold or Flu with Fever During Pregnancy May Be Linked to Birth Defects. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that women who had a cold or flu with fever just before or during early pregnancy may be more likely to have a baby born with a birth defect.
How can I treat the flu naturally while pregnant?
For symptoms, try these four natural flu remedies:
- Use sugar- or honey-based lozenges to relieve sore throats and coughs.
- Get plenty of bed rest.
- Drink lots of fluids, like water, juice, and caffeine-free tea.
- Put an air humidifier in your room to provide extra moisture, which can help ease congestion.
What happens if I get the flu while pregnant?
Pregnant women who get the flu are more likely than women who don’t get it to have problems, like preterm labor and premature birth. If you think you have the flu, call your health care provider right away. Quick treatment can help prevent serious flu complications.
What should I do if I get the flu while pregnant?
If you are pregnant and think you have the flu, see your doctor as soon as possible. It is recommended that pregnant women who have the flu are treated with antiviral medicines because they are at much higher risk of complications. Antiviral medicines work best when started within 48 hours of symptoms starting.
What vaccines Cannot be given during pregnancy?
Vaccines that are contraindicated, because of the theoretic risk of fetal transmission, include measles, mumps, and rubella; varicella; and bacille Calmette-Guérin.