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Flu Vaccination and Pregnancy

Published on September 22, 2017 by VWC

In light of the press surrounding a new study regarding flu vaccination and pregnancy, Virginia Women’s Center would like to share that the CDC and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) continue to recommend that pregnant women get a flu vaccine during any trimester of pregnancy. Influenza vaccination is an essential element of preconception, prenatal, and postpartum care because pregnant women are at an increased risk of serious illness due to seasonal and pandemic influenza. Moreover, vaccination during pregnancy is the most effective strategy to protect newborns as the flu vaccine cannot be administered to infants younger than six months.

Many previous studies have shown that flu vaccines may be given safely during pregnancy—with no link between flu vaccination and miscarriage. The most recent study shows a possible association but not a causal link and the data is preliminary. Further studies are ongoing. Providers at Virginia Women’s Center have reviewed the latest information and will continue to review new data as becomes available. At this time, we support the current CDC and ACOG recommendations to keep vaccinating our patients to promote a safe and healthy pregnancy.