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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Flu Shots
Pregnancy and flu shot
Answer: This has not been ever researched. However, due to the incidence of influenza and the influenza shot there is indirect evidence. That is, many women have been in the same situation. There is currently not thought to be any particular increased risk to influenza infection during pregnancy in terms of fetal damage or mutation. Research has not been done here and will not be done. I doubt it is of any concern.
Answer: The U.S. Public Health Services recommend influenza vaccination for any
individual older than 6 months who is at increased risk of influenza. These include individuals
with chronic heart and lung problems and residents of nursing homes and other chronic care
facilities. Otherwise, healthy individuals over 65 years of age and individuals who have Diabetes
Mellitus, renal disease or immunosuppression.