Get your flu shot

Get your flu shot

When is flu season?

Flu season begins on average in October and lasts until spring, typically ending in March.

Why should I get the flu shot if I’m pregnant?

Flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant. Changes in the immune system, heart, and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women more prone to severe illness from flu as well as hospitalizations and even death. Pregnant woman with flu also have a greater chance for serious problems for their unborn baby, including premature labor and delivery.

When should I get the flu shot?

Yearly flu vaccination should begin soon after flu vaccine is available, and ideally by October. Even though it’s past the start of flu season, getting vaccinated can be protective, as long as flu viruses are circulating. Flu outbreaks can happen as early as October but most of the time influenza peak in January or later.  So it’s not too late.  Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection, it is best to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

What kind of flu shot can I get if I’m pregnant?

The injectable form of the flu vaccine is safe during pregnancy. Pregnant women should not receive the nasal form of the flu vaccine.

Is it safe for my baby?

Yes. Flu shots have not been shown to harm pregnant women or their babies.

Will the flu shot protect my baby once I deliver?

Yes. It will protect your baby up to 6 months of age.

Who shouldn’t get a flu shot?

  • Influenza vaccine is not approved for children younger than 6 months of age.
  • People who have an allergy to eggs.
  • People who have had a severe allergic reaction to influenza vaccine in the past.
  • Talk to your doctor if:
  • You have a moderate-to-severe illness with or without a fever (wait until you recover to get vaccinated)
  • You have a history of Guillain–Barré Syndrome (a severe paralytic illness) that occurred after receiving a vaccine. Tell your doctor if you ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome.

What do I do if I think I have the flu?

If you are experiencing symptoms of the flu, which include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue (very tired), and some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, call your doctor. He or she might want to do a nasal swab to confirm it is the flu. The sooner you can get to the doctor the better, because the medication that can be given for the flu only works in the beginning of the illness.

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