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There are different types of influenzas (aka “the flu”) but they are all spread via the influenza virus. Virus transmission can be airborne, droplets, contact with a contaminated surface. Normally, an older child brings the virus home from preschool or school. Symptoms include high fever, body aches, coughing, a sore throat, general unwellness and headaches. When you are pregnant, you risk becoming more seriously ill than otherwise.The general recommendation is to get vaccinated during pregnancy.. The virus cannot pass to the baby in the uterus. However, an infected mother can pass the virus to the baby after birth.

In the US, the CDC recommends that pregnant women receive the flu vaccine at any time during pregnancy. Consult your midwife or healthcare provider.

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