So many opinions on vaccinations lately. What’s a surrogate to do? As Shared Conception always recommends, talk to your doctor before going to a clinic or getting a flu shot outside your doctor’s office. As a surrogate, refer to your contract to see what it states about flu vaccinations.

The flu can cause severe illness in pregnant women—your body changes when you are pregnant, including your immune system. Flu can also be harmful to a developing baby, and even something as simple as a fever can have adverse outcomes for a baby in utero.

What not to do

Pregnant women should get a flu shot, NOT the live attenuated vaccine (LAIV or nasal spray). When you get vaccinated, request the flu shot — not the nasal spray vaccine. The flu shot is made from an inactivated virus, so it’s safe for both mother and baby during any stage of pregnancy.

According to the CDC: 

“There is no recommendation that pregnant people or people with pre-existing medical conditions need to get special permission or written consent from their doctor or health care professional for influenza (flu) vaccination if they get vaccinated at a worksite clinic, pharmacy, or other location outside of their physician’s office. Pregnant people should not get nasal spray vaccine.”

But did you know? 

Generally, September and October are the recommended time to be vaccinated. But, early vaccinations can be considered for women in their third trimester to protect the baby for months after birth.

Most of our surrogates have received the flu shot when pregnant to protect themselves and the baby against the flu. Vaccines reduce the risk of hospitalization and flu-associated acute respiratory infection in pregnant women up to 40%.

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