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Flu vaccination during pregnancy

Why is flu vaccination important during pregnancy?

  • Pregnant women are at high risk for developing serious illness caused by seasonal influenza (flu) due to the physiological changes that occur during pregnancy.

  • Pregnant women with flu are also at increased risk of having serious problems with the unborn baby such as premature delivery.

How to protect yourself and your baby from flu?

  • Inactivated influenza vaccine (flu shot) is the most effective way to protect pregnant women from influenza and the resulting complications.

  • Vaccination of pregnant women protects babies at high risk of severe illness from influenza, who are too young to be vaccinated.

  • All persons aged 6 months or older, including women who are or plan to be pregnant during influenza season, are recommended to receive an influenza vaccine.

What the data show?

  • Less than half of women (47%) giving birth in LA County received a flu shot during pregnancy

  • African American and Hispanic women had the lowest vaccination coverage (33% and 44%, respectively)

  • Women who were less than 25 years old had the lowest vaccination coverage for flu vaccine (37% )

  • Pregnant women whose prenatal health care providers discussed flu shot were about eight times more likely to be vaccinated than women whose providers did not discuss vaccination


*Source: 2010 Los Angeles Mommy and Baby (LAMB) Project.

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