Some Moms-To-Be Fear Swine Flu Shot More Than The Flu

Pregnant women are among the first in line to receive the Swine Flu vaccine, when it becomes available, because not only does the flu — any kind of flu — usually hit pregnant women harder than other people, but this strain appears to be particularly nasty for moms-to-be. Pregnant women are more likely to end up in the hospital with this flu. Pregnant women are more likely to face complications associated with this flu that can lead to death.

So the Centers for Disease Control wants you to get the swine flu vaccine, just like it wants you to get the seasonal flu vaccine.

The problem? The H1N1 vaccine is in clinical trials now. When pregnant women line up for the vaccine, they will be getting a shot that is new. A lot of women don’t like that. They don’t like that at all. They are afraid to expose their unborn baby to a relatively untested vaccine. I spoke with Baylor College of Medicine obstetrician Kjersti Aagard about this. She offers her recommendations, and tells you what to do if you don’t plan to get the vaccine.

Listen to Dr. Aagard’s advice here…

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