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Pregnant Women and Flu Shots

Pregnant Women and Flu Shots

Q: Are flu shots safe for pregnant women or not?

A: As long as there is no history of allergic reaction to flu vaccine after prior vaccinations, it is OK for pregnant women to get the vaccine during the flu season. There is no evidence to suggest that the vaccine will harm the infant, and, in fact, recent studies suggest that the vaccine actually protects the baby from contracting the flu during the first few months of life.

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3:26AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Wan`t recommend any flushots..........

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8:22AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

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2:06AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

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4:02PM PST on Dec 1, 2012

I would not get one if pregnant,more poisons for the fetus.

8:55AM PST on Dec 1, 2012

Thank you

6:43AM PST on Dec 1, 2012

No evidence? Yesterday I read the opposite in the news.

10:08AM PDT on Sep 24, 2012


3:43PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Thanks for the info.

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