Flu Vaccination for Pregnant Women

September 30, 2014

Because of changes that occur during pregnancy in the heart, respiratory system, and immune system, influenza can be especially dangerous for pregnant women. Further, it can cause serious problems for their unborn babies.

According to recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flu vaccination not only protects a pregnant woman; it also protects her unborn child and will continue to protect the baby after birth. Therefore, the CDC recommends that pregnant women do receive the flu shot1. Despite some common misgivings, the flu shot has not been shown to cause any harm to pregnant woman nor their babies. These conclusions are the result of studies of several thousand pregnant women.

For the 2014-15 flu season, both the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are monitoring the safety of flu vaccine currently in use in the United States, including as it applies to pregnancy. This effort extends across state and local health departments and health care providers. Flu vaccine safety monitoring is managed primarily using two main systems – VAERS, and the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) Project.

If you would like more information regarding seasonal flu vaccination or would like to schedule a program at your organization, please click here to get in touch with Affiliated Physicians.

Affiliated Physicians is a national provider of corporate health services including on-site flu vaccinations and wellness screenings.

1. It is Affiliated Physicians’ policy not to administer flu shots to pregnant women in their first trimester. However, we do encourage them to get vaccinated with the PCP or OB/GYN.

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