I just got back from getting my influenza vaccine. I’m grateful for vaccines.
Fun facts (taken from NIH):
- Pregnant women are more likely than other nonpregnant women their age to become very ill if they get the flu.
- Pregnant women who get the flu shot get sick less often. They are also very unlikely to get a bad case of the flu that can harm them or their baby.
- Getting a mild case of the flu is often not harmful to mother or child. However, the flu shot can prevent the rare severe cases of the flu that can harm mother and baby.
- Women who develop high fevers or pneumonia are at higher risk for early labor or delivery and other harm.
- In past flu outbreaks, pregnant women who were otherwise healthy were more likely than those who were not pregnant to become very sick or even die.
Also, if you want to scare yourself – look up “prenatal influenza exposure” in pubmed. Eek! Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, (fever-related) autism? No thanks!