Is it ok to have a Flu jab if I am pregnant or trying for a baby? 

Pregnancy and Children
Last updated: 12/06/23
ANSWER BY: Dr Richard Dawood Medical Director
Date Added: 09/08/21

Yes. There is substantial experience of using flu vaccines during pregnancy, and pregnant women are known to be at significantly increased risk from complications of seasonal flu, so vaccination is strongly advised.

Vaccinating mothers against flu before or during pregnancy can also provide the newborn baby with significant “passive” protection lasting several weeks – this is important because babies cannot be vaccinated themselves until they are 6 months old.

If you are considering pregnancy in the coming months, it would also be sensible to consider vaccination before you conceive and become pregnant.

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