Should I get the flu shot when undergoing fertility treatments or TTC?

It’s that time of year again . . .

A blog by Beth Hartog, M.D., East Coast Infertility & IVF, October 30, 2011

Fertility patients shuffle their schedules and endure extra stress trying to fit in all of their appointments. When we are extra stressed or busy, the basic things can be forgotten. Don’t forget your flu shot!

I think of my fertility patients as pregnant when it comes to taking medications and vaccines; so consider the following:

  • A case of the flu is particularly bad in pregnant women because it means the risk of serious medical complications and a chance of being hospitalized. Vaccination of pregnant women with the flu vaccine is recommended to reduce their complications. There are many studies that show that taking flu vaccine during pregnancy is safefor mother and baby.
  • The flu vaccine is made from inactivated influenza viruses that are likely to circulate in the following flu season. The best time to get the flu vaccine is October and November prior to the flu season. The majority of cases of flu occur in January and February, and it is best to be protected before then.
  • There is a live (attenuated) flu vaccine given through the nose. This is not used in pregnancy, so be sure to get the flu SHOT, not the nasal vaccine!

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