Experts: Flu vaccine is important precaution, especially for pregnant women

Jen Meyers, a local certified nurse midwife with Mayo Clinic Health System, said pregnant women are more likely to get severe respiratory complications from the flu, like pneumonia. She said getting the flu vaccine reduces that risk by 50%.

Since newborns can’t get the flu vaccine for six months after birth, Meyers said mothers and other family members getting vaccinated can also protect them from illness or death.

Meyers said the vaccine doesn’t do patients any good after they get sick, even though they may wish it could.

“Boy if they could go back and re-make that decision, I think they certainly would in order to prevent being that ill—especially parents that have babies that get sick or even die from influenza. It’s one of those things: You want to be as prepared as you can ahead of time,” said Meyers.

Meyers said if you have any questions or concerns about getting vaccinated, you can get answers from your healthcare providers or at cdc.gov.

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