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Flu Shots During Pregnancy
By Barbara Parker, RN, ARNP, CNM

Q. I was wondering since I will be pregnant during flu season (I'm currently 9 weeks) if I can/should get a flu shot. I've heard it is ok, even preferable, but don't want to if there are undue risks involved.

A. Yes, flu shots are safe in pregnancy. You should get one if you have chronic respiratory problems, such as asthma, or if you work with high risk populations, such as in day care, any type of health care environment, hospitals, doctors' offices, etc.

If you are not unduly exposed, you can skip it for this year.

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