Getting a flu shot while pregnant can protect your baby after birth, a new study finds.
The research finds that a mother’s flu vaccine can protect a child for the first six months of life. That’s great news, since flu vaccines aren’t given to babies under six months old. Young children are some of the hardest hit when they do get the flu; their little bodies just can’t take all the vomiting and fever the way an adult body can.
Pregnant women in the US are routinely offered flu vaccines. British women will be offered the flu jab for the first time this year; the government is considering making it a standard offering.
Did you get a flu vaccine while pregnant? Does knowing that the immunity extends to your new baby make you want one?
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