There’s been a long-standing notion that flu shots might possibly lead to miscarries, especially during the later stages of pregnancy. Well, now there’s a new report that confirms that the flu shot is safe during pregnancy, but also necessary in many cases.
The influenza vaccine – which is more commonly known as the flu shot – is a vaccine that protects against infection by influenza viruses. It is not only recommended for pregnant women but adults and children of all ages. In many states, only half of adults get their annual flu shots during the fall and winter months.
According to CNN, a new study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices states that there are several reasons why pregnant women should not only be aware of the benefits of flu vaccination but not scared of them, either. There’s evidence that suggests that women who don’t get the flu shot or more likely to end up in the hospital, but might also be risking their lives and the life of their unborn child, too.
"This is a very definitive study for a recent, relevant time period of flu and should remove all doubts a woman might have about whether it is safe to be vaccinated during pregnancy," said co-investigator Dr. Edward Belongia, director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health at the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute in Wisconsin.
In addition, there is a lot of evidence that says pregnant women are at more of a risk of hospitalization from the flu. What’s more, the vaccine can also help protect a newborn baby from the flu as well, especially since babies under the age of 6 months cannot be vaccinated.
This is the third time that this study has been carried out. All three studies have found no association between the flu shot and miscarriages, despite alternative information that suggests flu shots pose health risks to pregnant mothers.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, definitely speak to your doctor or a trusted health professional. Back in 2018, even though the flu vaccine was only 36 percent effective, the CDC continued to stress that even the smallest increase in immunity can make a huge difference for both individuals and the overall population.