Influenza vaccination for pregnant women

Influenza vaccination for pregnant women

Pregnant women are at an increased risk of serious illness from the flu (influenza). That is why it is important to get vaccinated against the flu after week 16 of pregnancy. Vaccination does not affect the pregnancy or foetal development.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends pregnant women to get vaccinated against the flu during the beginning of the influenza season, November–January. Vaccination is recommended after week 16 of pregnancy because the risk of severe flu is greatest during the later stages of pregnancy. If you have any other medical risk factors for severe flu, we recommend that you get vaccinated even earlier in your pregnancy. Such risk factors include chronic heart disease, chronic lung disease, diabetes or extreme obesity. The vaccine is safe to use throughout pregnancy.

Read more here The Public Health Agency of Sweden and contact your Vårdcentral.