Yes, you should get the flu shot this year. Pregnancy can decrease your immunity and put you at increased risk of getting the flu. Pregnant women are also at greater-than-average risk of developing serious complications of the flu, such as pneumonia. If you were to get the flu when your baby was a newborn, your baby might get it, too. The vaccine contains three influenza viruses that have been identified as likely to cause widespread infection in a given year. Your body takes about two weeks after you receive the vaccine to develop antibodies to the influenza viruses. Knowing that the flu season is at its height from December through March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that pregnant women be vaccinated in September or October.
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