Is It Possible to Have Flu Shot During Pregnancy

Influenza, i.e. flu outbreaks are common infections in the winter that can lead to serious consequences if left untreated. The only and most effective way to prevent flu and the serious complications it causes is the flu shot.

The American Immune Practices Advisory Committee stated the target group of the flu vaccine as follows:

1- 65 years old
2- Those who have chronic disease regardless of age (Asthma, Diabetes, etc.)
3- Those who are in contact with people at high risk (Health personnel)
4- Pregnant women in the second or third trimester of their pregnancy.

Physiological changes occurring in heart rate during pregnancy, the amount of blood pumped by the heart, oxygen consumption, lung capacity and immune system increase the likelihood of complications related to flu.

For these reasons; The American Center for Disease Control recommends that all pregnant women who will be in the 2nd and 3rd Trimesters during the flu should get the flu vaccine. Although the flu vaccine is safe in every period of pregnancy, it is not recommended in the first trimester (first three months) due to the tradition of avoiding drug use, unless it is necessary. we propose to have it done at the end.

Can Breastfeeding Mother Get Vaccinated?

Yes, it is okay for a nursing mother to have a flu vaccine.

Which months of the year is the best time to vaccinate?

The most favorable period is October and November. However, in pregnant women who are in the first 3 months of pregnancy in these months, the vaccine may be postponed until the end of three months.

To Whom?

It cannot be applied to the substances in the vaccine and especially those with severe egg allergies.

Op. Sibel Malkoç, MD

Gynecology and Obstetrics Specialist

Dr. Sibel Malkoç attended many domestic and international training seminars and congresses during 25 years of specialised physician service.

Pregnancy follow-up, urinary incontinence surgery and laser treatments, genital aesthetic surgery and laser applications and vaginismus treatment are of special interest.

It serves its patients especially in surgical and laser-assisted Vagina aesthetics.

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