Flu Shot Safe for Pregnant Women

Originally published by the Wisconsin Radio Network on January 21, 2013

There used to be some fear that it’s harmful for pregnant women to receive the flu shot, but a recent major study reinforces the safety of pregnant women getting flu vaccinations. Dr. Sanford Carimi of Meriter Medical Group adds there is “a clear-cut guideline within just about every advisory board I can think of that says, ‘Yes, pregnant women should be vaccinated for the flu.’”

Carimi also says research shows that women who got the flu while pregnant had miscarriages at twice the rate of those women did not get sick.

For persons, pregnant or otherwise, who’ve already contracted the flu this season, Dr. Carimi recommends they still get a flu shot if they haven’t received one. He says the vaccination will protect against other possible strains of the virus not yet contracted by the individual.

State health officials say the flu season is on track to the be worst in years.

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