Pregnant? Get a Flu Shot

October 2, 2015 02:00 PM

When you’re pregnant, there’s a lot to think about. You’re eating, sleeping, and planning for two – yourself and your baby. Be sure to put GET A FLU SHOT at the top of your To-Do list. Avoiding influenza while you’re expecting or while your baby is small is crucial for both of you. Flu shots have been shown to be both safe and effective for pregnant women.

In other years, you may have brushed off the flu with a mild case. You were achy and miserable for a few days and you bounced back. It’s important to understand that once you’re pregnant, your immune system may be underperforming, opening you and your baby to a severe case of influenza which can lead to early labor and delivery of a premature infant.

During pregnancy, hormones including progesterone create swelling and changes in mucous membranes in your nose and throat. In addition to a stuffy nose – a common complaint during pregnancy – the swelling can provide the flu virus with a quicker path into your body. Your Hackensack University Medical Group primary care provider or OB/GYN can administer the flu shot. In fact, our offices actively encourage patients to get the shot at the start of each flu season. You can also get a flu shot at many pharmacies and other retail health outlets. Just be sure to let your primary care provider know so your records can be updated.

If you need a primary care provider or OB/GYN, use the Find a Provider feature on our website to locate an office near you.


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