The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all pregnant women get a seasonal flu shot because they are more likely than their non-pregnant peers to experience a severe case of the flu or have complications (such as pneumonia). Contracting influenza has also been linked with a higher risk of preterm delivery and fetal distress. While women may have concerns over getting a flu shot during the first trimester, when birth defects form and many miscarriages occur, research shows that first-trimester vaccination poses no increased birth-defect risk. The study shows that the rate of birth defects among nearly 9,000 first-trimester vaccinated pregnant women was identical to the rate among almost 77,000 unvaccinated pregnant women.

In fact, studies have shown that vaccinating a pregnant woman can give her baby antibodies to protect against flu for six months after the baby is born. At LADIES FIRST OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY OF DOTHAN we listen, support, teach, and empower you to make healthy choices so that your pregnancy is a joyful experience. Call (334) 671-9445 to schedule an appointment at our offices in Dothan, Ozark, & Enterprise. Most insurance plans are accepted. “Excellence in Caring For Women”

P.S. It worries health officials that only 10% to 25% of pregnant U.S. women have been vaccinated each flu season over the last couple of decades, primarily due to women’s safety concerns.