Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Flu season is around the corner and if you’re pregnant you’re actually more at risk, but a survey by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says despite the greater risk, half of pregnant women don’t bother to get the flu shot.
Expectant moms have a five times greater chance of getting seriously ill if they catch the flu during pregnancy or immediately after delivery.
A pregnant woman’s best defense against the flu is a flu shot and it’s safe to get at anytime during pregnancy, during any trimester.
Doctors say many pregnant women don't get the flu shot because they’re advised to avoid certain foods and medicines. However, doctors say the vaccine protects both the mother and her unborn child.
Doctors also warn that it’s possible even healthy moms-to-be can miscarry if they catch a severe case of influenza.
The CDC survey finds that when doctors both recommend and offer a flu shot, 74 percent of pregnant women get vaccinated.
However, it’s very important to remember pregnant women should only get the flu shot, not the nasal mist.