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All Pregnant Women Should Get the Flu Vaccine

An updated Committee Opinion from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) calls for the continued critical need for all pregnant women, regardless of trimester, to receive the influenza vaccine. With flu seasonupon us, this is a particularly important reminder.

Flu vaccination is crucial for all pregnant women because the immune system changes during pregnancy, which puts women at increased risk of serious illness and complications if they get the flu. In addition, flu vaccination performs double duty by protecting both pregnant women and their fetuses; babies cannot be vaccinated against the flu until they are six months old, but they receive antibodies from their vaccinated mother, helping to protect them until they can be vaccinated directly.

Read the full Committee Opinion or find a flu clinic near you. 

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