By Kells McPhillips, OCTOBER 21, 2019

Women who are pregnant arguably need the flu shot more than anyone else, says Kecia Gaither, MD, a double board-certified OB/GYN. “In a pregnant woman, the immune system downgrades, and changes to lung function predispose them to getting the flu,” she says. “But when mothers receive the flu shot, they pass some of that immunity to the baby via the placenta, thus helping to provide immunity to the baby for the first few months of life.”

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