Ask The Expert
January 12, 2012
Itís a good idea for everyone 6 months of age and older to get a vaccination against influenza. This is especially true for pregnant women and those who expect to become pregnant. Pregnancy puts women at a higher risk of getting serious health problems if they get seasonal flu.
Still, I understand your uncertainty. For most pregnant women, protecting the health of their unborn baby is their No. 1 concern. So many won't take a medicine or have a medical procedure unless they know that itís absolutely safe for the baby.
Hereís why I think you should get the flu shot:
Some people worry about the preservative used in many vaccines. The preservative is called thimerosal. The safety of thimerosal has been extensively studied. There is no scientific evidence of any harmful effects on babies when mothers get shots that have this preservative.