Flu vaccine verified as safe for expectant mothers

While certain vaccinations, medications and over-the-counter treatments can pose a threat to baby development and expectant mothers, there is now one shot that women can now relax about - the seasonal flu immunization.

A study recently conducted by Norwegian researchers discovered that the flu shot does not have the potential harm the fetus, making it completely safe for moms-to-be, according to The Huffington Post. This data has become widely available on the brink of what some people are deeming the worst flu season in years.

"This is the kind of information we need to provide our patients when discussing that flu vaccine is important for everyone, particularly for pregnant women," Geeta Swamy, M.D., a researcher who studies vaccines and pregnant women at Duke University Medical Center, told the news source.

In the 1950s, there was a spike in deaths as a result of influenza in pregnant women, leading medical physicians to recommend the vaccine to expectant mothers. The verification that the vaccine does not interfere with pregnancy may give more women more incentive to seek it out.

Pregnancy and the flu
During the nine months, moms-to-be are at a higher risk of contracting the flu due to a weakened immune system, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. When an expectant mother contracts the flu, it's crucial that she speaks to her primary care physician for treatment. During pregnancy, women may not be able to take the same medications that they did while they weren't expecting.

Influenza can easily spread from person to person through coughing, sneezing and other symptoms. For this reason, pregnant women may want to protect themselves with the flu vaccination and keep up with prenatal vitamins to maintain their immune systems.

Have you had the flu while pregnant before? How do you stay healthy while expecting? Leave your feedback in the comments section!