Pregnant women urged to get flu shot

September 28, 2009 2:28:58 PM PDT
The message is out there. The question is whether pregnant women will actually opt to get the H1N1 swine flu vaccine. Officials are stressing that pregnant women are at extra risk for swine flu. It could trigger premature labor and hospitalization for weeks. It can also kill.

But it's estimated that only one in seven pregnant women get a flu shot each winter. This year the push is on to raise that number and convince moms to also get the swine flu vaccine.

One key obstacle is that many obstetricians don't vaccinate, so women may have to arrange for the vaccine on their own.


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