Should pregnant women have flu shots?
Post Date
23rd April 2014
Should pregnant women have flu shots?

Q Should pregnant women have flu shots?
A Your immune system may be suppressed during pregnancy which means that you can be particularly susceptible to flu and also that you will be more prone than usual to serious complications, such as pneumonia. Pregnant women are more likely than non-pregnant women to be hospitalised in Australia due to flu, which is why the Federal Government makes the vaccine free to all expectant mums. The vaccine can be taken at any time during your pregnancy, but talk to your GP for advice on influenza seasonality, duration of immunity, and the suitability of the flu vaccine for you. Plus, the shot may help to keep your little one protected from the flu for the first six months of his life.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

www.immunise.health.gov.au
www.nps.org.au