A flu shot 1 can protect you and your baby from infection during pregnancy. The flu shot is safe for pregnant people, and you can have it done at a prenatal checkup, a local pharmacy, or a flu shot clinic in your area.
Flu infections in pregnant people can cause complications like preterm delivery . Getting vaccinated against the flu can also help keep your baby healthy in their first six months of life. Babies can’t get the flu vaccine themselves during that time, so you can give them important protection while they’re still growing.
Flu shots are recommended during pregnancy, but nasal spray vaccines contain live virus, so experts say to stick with the shot. If you’ve had an allergic reaction to vaccines in the past, or have an egg allergy, check with your provider before you get the flu shot.