Hospitals urge expecting mothers to get flu shot

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Flu season is officially upon us and doctors at Rochester General Hospital are urging those who may be most vulnerable to get a flu shot.

The CDC released a report stating less than half of pregnant women in the United States received the flu shot during the 2017-2018 flu season. The doctor we spoke to at RGH says she’s heard expecting mothers say they’re concerned about the vaccine for a few reasons. One, some believe the vaccine could cause damage to the fetus. Others say they are nervous that getting the flu shot can give you the flu.

“The flu shot is a very safe intervention that has been studied upon millions of patients and is actually in fact very safe and any trimester a woman can get the flu vaccine, it’s protecting the baby because we can’t vaccinate babies under six-months-old. So by vaccinating pregnant women, we are giving the baby the best opportunity,” said Elizabeth Gagnier, family medicine physician.

We were told Wednesday that the flu vaccine is not a ‘cure all’ type of vaccine. Doctors say it isn’t as effective as they would like it to be, but say getting one does give some protection and can prevent serious cases of the flu.

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