Pregnancy puts you at much higher risk than most people for complications from flu.
Normally, people who get the flu recover within a few days to two weeks. But for a few, the flu can lead to life-threatening complications such as pneumonia and even death.
The good news is that there are things you can do to help protect yourself from the flu. The first is to get vaccinated against the flu. Talk to your health care provider about the vaccine and other ways to stay healthy.
Learn as much as you can, not only to protect yourself, but to protect your baby after he or she is born. Infants from birth to 6 months of age are too young to get flu vaccines. And the flu can lead to dangerous health problems for infants.
Flu Vaccines during Pregnancy
Flu vaccines are your best protection against the flu. People who are in greater danger of life-threatening health problems from influenza should get vaccinated as soon as possible. If you are pregnant, this includes you.
It is safe for pregnant women to get a flu shot. Pregnant women should not take the flu vaccine as a nasal spray.
To learn where you can get flu vaccines in your community, see DHEC’s Flu Vaccine Finder Web page.
To learn more about the types of flu vaccines, see DHEC’s Prevent the Flu Web page.
Flu Vaccines Protect Your Baby
Getting the flu vaccine not only protects you, it helps protect your baby. Remember, babies younger than 6 months of age can't be vaccinated against the flu.
In fact, anyone who lives in your home or who will care for your baby should also be vaccinated against influenza.
For more information, see these CDC resources on flu vaccines in pregnancy: