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Kristina Duda, R.N.

NIVW: Pregnant Women, Infants and Children

By December 3, 2012

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Pregnant women, infants and young children are some of the hardest hit during flu season. The flu claims the lives of children and pregnant women every year. It is understandable that women want to do everything they can to protect themselves when they are pregnant and parents want to be informed about everything they give to their children.

Trying to figure out whether or not the flu vaccine is safe and effective is always a big concern for pregnant women and parents of young kids. You want to protect them from germs but you don't want to put dangerous chemicals in their bodies either. So what is the best decision?

If you have concerns about your own health or that of your child, the best person to talk to is your health care provider. She can discuss the options with you and determine what is best for your situation.

However, in general, flu vaccines are both safe and effective for pregnant women and children over the age of 6 months old. Infants under 6 months old can't get the flu vaccine but if mom gets one while she is pregnant, it will provide protection for her child for up to six months after he is born.

The flu is not an illness to take lightly. It can cause severe symptoms and serious complications, especially for those in high risk groups like pregnant women and young children. Do what you can to protect yourself and your family this year.

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