It’s flu season and that means pregnant women need to get a flu shot. A new study finds that babies whose mothers are vaccinated during pregnancy are less likely to get the flu or to be hospitalized with respiratory illnesses in their first six months of life.
Babies born during cold and flu season are especially at risk because people are indoors, sneezing and coughing on one another. Infants can’t be vaccinated against the flu until they are at least 6 months old, so this is a great way to offer your baby some protection early on. Babies are vulnerable to complications of the flu becasue they are small…their lungs are small and their immune systems are immature. A vaccinated mother can provide protection for her baby because antibodies cross over the placenta and through the breast milk.