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Pregnant women need a flu shot to stave off serious illness

Pregnant women need a flu shot to stave off serious illness

The flu can take an extra health toll on pregnant women, but vaccination can offer protection not only for the woman but for her infant, according to Dr. Leigh Matlaga, an OB-GYN at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. But if the woman does get sick, there are still treatments that are okay during pregnancy, she said.

Why is it important for a woman to be vaccinated for the flu during pregnancy?

It is important for a woman to be vaccinated for the flu during pregnancy because if a pregnant woman gets the flu she is more likely to be hospitalized and intubated. In 2009, with H1N1, there was an increase in morbidity and mortality among pregnant women. In...

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