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Pregnancy and Influenza
Expectant mother

Pregnant women are especially vulnerable to influenza. A flu infection can lead to serious problems such as pneumonia and early labor.

  • Pregnant women should get their flu vaccination as soon as possible.
  • Flu shots are safe for pregnant women and help protect their unborn child.
  • Remember to wash hands frequently, and try to avoid close contact with sick people.

Use our Flu Vaccine Finder to find where and when to get your flu vaccination.

Flu-like symptoms?

If you’re pregnant and start feeling flu-like symptoms, contact your health care provider right away. Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.

Treat any fever during pregnancy right away with acetaminophen (Tylenol). Drink lots of fluids. Get emergency care right away if you experience any of the following:

  • Sudden dizziness or confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Shortness of breath or a hard time breathing
  • Pain or pressure in your chest or abdomen
  • Your baby moving less or not moving
  • A high fever that doesn’t get better after taking Tylenol