Is it safe for me to get the flu shot if I’m pregnant?
Yes. The influenza vaccine can be given at any time during pregnancy.
In fact, vaccination is recommended for pregnant women in every pregnancy due to the risks associated with contracting influenza while pregnant. The risk of complications from influenza increase during the later stages of pregnancy along with the risk of premature delivery.
The timing of the vaccination should be as early as possible during the pregnancy, taking into consideration the flu season and availability of the vaccine.
Sources & Citations
- Australian Government, Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition. Influenza. Available at: http://immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/Handbook10-home~handbook10part4~handbook10-4-7 (accessed 16 April 2018).