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AMA Urges Pregnant Women to Get Flu Vaccine

Pregnant women at high-risk for serious complications from influenza

For immediate release:
Sept. 15, 2010

CHICAGOToday, the American Medical Association (AMA) teams up with leaders from 10 health care groups to stress the importance of pregnant women getting vaccinated against the flu. In a letter sent to health care professionals nationwide, the group warns of the increased risk for serious complications from influenza among pregnant women and how getting vaccinated is the single best way to protect themselves and their unborn babies.

The letter urges health care professionals to encourage their pregnant patients to get vaccinated and to counsel them on the safety and benefits of the vaccine.

“Advice from a physician plays a big role in patients choosing to get the flu vaccine. Because pregnant women carry a heightened risk for serious complications and death from the flu, it’s even more important we take the time to educate them on the health benefits of getting vaccinated,” said AMA Board Member Mary Anne McCaffree, MD. “The seasonal influenza vaccine shot is safe to administer to pregnant women in any trimester. Pregnant women should not receive the nasal spray version of the vaccine.”

This year’s influenza vaccine provides protection from three strains of influenza, including the 2009 H1N1 virus. Only one shot is needed this year for pregnant women and their families to have full protection against influenza.

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AMA Media Relations
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