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Are Flu shots safe during Pregnancy?

As winter approaches, many people are considering getting the flu shot, especially after last year’s deadly flu season.

But what if you’re pregnant?

Some women are reluctant to get the jab when they’re expecting, but is there any need for concern?

The short answer, is no.

There’s no evidence to suggest that the flu vaccination will have any negative impact on either you or your baby, regardless of what stage of pregnancy you’re in.

Contrary to popular belief, the vaccine contains an inactivated virus, which means you can’t actually become infected from receiving it.

It will however help protect you from catching the flu, which is the last thing you’ll want when you’re pregnant.

After receiving the jab, your body takes around a week to develop the antibodies to protect you against similar viruses, so it’s best to be vaccinated at the beginning of the flu season – in other words, now!

Not only will it protect you from catching flu, your baby will also benefit, as it also reduces the risk of miscarriage and premature birth, not to mention complications fro flu, such as pneumonia.

The vaccination will also protect your newborn against the flu for up to six months after their birth.

During pregnancy your immune system is slightly lower, so you may be more susceptible to infections, which is why the government provides a free seasonal flu vaccination for certain groups, including pregnant women, as part of the National Immunisation Program.

Find out more from your local GP.

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