CDC warns that more women should get the flu shot

A new report shows that nearly half of U.S. newborns and new moms are at risk of the flu, which could lead to serious complications.
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Now to that "Gma" health alert about pregnant women and the flu shot. The CDC is sounding the alarm as flu season ramps up saying nearly half of U.S. Newborns and new moms are at risk and it could lead to some serious complications so let's talk to Dr. Jen about that. What do we say? Yesterday the CDC was out with their report and looked at almost the last decade of data about pregnant women and the influenza vaccine and the numbers were pretty surprising. They found of all flu-related hospitalizations, amongst women of childbearing age, 24% to 34% were in pregnant women and among pregnant women, they only got vaccinated about 53% of the time against influenza so this is not only an issue for them but a public health issue. There's always for some a concern about the vaccine Right. Tell us more about that and the benefits. There is, robin. When you talk about this group of pregnant women, as an ob/gyn the first and most important thing you have to have a dialogue with this woman and hear their concerns. The flu vaccine is recommended for all pregnant women, it is safe and recommended to be given in all three trimesters. It is the best way for that woman to protect not just herself, but her unborn baby because that baby cannot get vaccinated for six months so she will be able to protect her baby by passing those antibodies while pregnant. What is a concern for the pregnant woman that has the flu? Well, we say it in obstetrics. We have two lives at stake and the pregnant woman has a weakened immune system. It puts her at much higher risk for severe complications of influenza, not just for her or the baby. I have had a pregnant patient die of influenza. I take this very, very seriously and last night we reached out to acog and they gave us a statement. They're not playing around either. They said vaccination during pregnancy is safe, we have a lot of reassuring data to back it up so I want to emphasize pregnant wife should talk to their midwife or obstetrician. And data behind it. Yes. All right. Ginger. So let's do a "Gma" moment. This one is

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