Studies show that pregnant women getting flu vaccine during their pregnancy help protect themselves and their infants in many ways.
Babies born to vaccinated mothers weighed about half a pound (215 gm) more than those mothers that were not vaccinated. Vaccinated moms also had an 80 percent lower risk than unvaccinated mothers of having a premature baby, in addition to less hospitalization in infants of vaccinated mothers.
You cannot give flu vaccine to infants under 6 months of age, so these babies are very vulnerable in getting seasonal flu during the winter months.
Talk to your doctor and consider getting the seasonal flu vaccine, as well as the H1N1 vaccine if you are pregnant.
Reuters – When pregnant women get vaccinated against flu, their babies are bigger, healthier and less likely to be premature, researchers reported on Thursday….