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Flu Shot Information

Why is the flu dangerous to moms and babies?

Being pregnant changes your heart, lungs, and immune system. You can get very sick from the flu during pregnancy, and your unborn baby could have serious problems, including premature labor and delivery.  

If you take medication to control your blood pressure, your health care provider will determine whether it is safe to use during pregnancy.

How can I protect myself and my unborn baby?

Get the flu shot as soon as it is available. The flu mist is not recommended. If you get the flu shot during your pregnancy, it will help protect your baby while you are pregnant and after the baby is born. 

How can I get a free/low-cost flu shot? ​

Most health insurance plans cover the cost of the flu shot, but you should check with your insurance provider before going to the doctor. Ask your doctor how to find a free or low-cost flu shots if your insurance doesn’t cover it. 

Can the flu shot give me the flu?​

No, a flu shot cannot cause the flu. The flu viruses contained in a flu shot are inactivated, which means they cannot cause infection.