Why pregnant women should get the flu shot

(ABC NEWS) – With the weather getting colder and the sneezes in the office getting louder, it’s time once again for the flu shot.

To protect yourself from the fevers, muscle aches, sore throat and runny nose that come along with influenza.

But many pregnant mothers wonder if getting the flu vaccine is safe for their unborn child and some have even asked if this shot during pregnancy is linked to autism.

Researchers at Kaiser Permanente Northern California addressed this question, studying nearly 200,000 children and their mothers.

What they found is that pregnant women who got their flu shots did not have a greater risk of having a child with autism.

Yet, there is more support for pregnant women to get the shot, particularly since these women are considered to be a vulnerable group and the effects of the flu in moms-to-be can pose health risks to babies in the womb.

So, if you’re expecting, time to roll up your sleeve.

It’s a simple way to avoid some hefty health concerns later.

And that’s nothing to sneeze at.

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