Changes in your immune system during pregnancy lead to an increased risk of severe illness or hospitalization due to influenza hence pregnant women should get the flu vaccine during any trimester of your pregnancy. CDC and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists still strongly recommend that all pregnant women receive the flu vaccine.
What are the benefits of Flu Vaccine?
1. It can help protect your baby, too. In the months after birth, anti-influenza antibodies can be passed to your baby through breast milk
2. If you do get sick with the flu, your symptoms may be milder if you got the vaccination.
3.Influenza vaccination has been shown to lead to a lower risk of influenza-related complications or hospitalizations in some groups
4.When you protect yourself from the flu through vaccination, you’re also protecting those who can’t get vaccinated from catching the flu
Risks of Flu Vaccine
1. You may still get the Flu, as you have been vaccinated for the selected strains and not all the strains
2. Severe allergic reaction like difficulty in breathing, wheezing, rash and swelling around the eyes and mouth
3. Guillain-Barre syndrome is a rare condition where your immune system begins to attack your peripheral nerves. It’s very rare, but influenza virus vaccination can trigger the condition.