Yes. The flu shot has been administered to millions of women and has not shown to be harmful to pregnant women or their babies. In fact, because a woman’s immune system is weakened during pregnancy, contracting the flu can be more dangerous for her than for the average person. Flu symptoms may be more severe in a pregnant woman and can increase the risk of pregnancy-related complications such as early labor and delivery.
The flu shot is an inactivated vaccine (the virus is not living) and a powerful protection against the flu. However, the flu vaccine nasal spray contains live flu viruses and is not approved for pregnant women.
For more information on a safe pregnancy, schedule an appointment with an East Jefferson General Hospital OB/GYN through HealthFinder at 504.456.5000 or go to www.ejgh.org.