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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