Flu season can leave people feeling sick for days, even weeks

Flu shots in Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA

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Flu shots are one way Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA residents work to prevent the flu during each flu season. As the weather turns cold, flu bugs and colds, among other illnesses, start to make their rounds. Women who are expecting are often at increased risk of contracting these illnesses, making it important they receive vaccinations, like flu shots, to help keep them, and their baby, as healthy as possible this flu season. 

Below, you’ll learn more about why it’s so important for pregnant women to get the vaccine and whether or not it’s safe. 

Q. Why should women get flu shots?

A. Women who are expecting should be sure to ask their OBGYN for the flu shot at their next appointment. Pregnant women may be at higher risk of getting the flu, and, may have a harder time kicking it. That’s why it is important pregnant women get flu shots, it protects both them, and their future child. 

Q. Is it safe for pregnant women to get flu shots?

A. Yes! Flu shots are not only safe for pregnant women, but recommended. This is safe for both you and the baby. However, be sure your doctor gives you the injection, not the nasal spray version as this is type of vaccination is not safe for expecting mothers to take. Be sure to discuss any concerns you have about getting flu shots with your OBGYN. 

Q. Where do I get my shot?

A. You have any options when it comes to places to get flu shots. Many places of employment provide them to employees for free, or a reduced charge. Your general practice physician or OBGYN can also give flu shots. If you are concerned about getting a flu shot, or need helping finding a place to get yours, contact your doctor’s office. 

Q. Are there any side effects to getting flu shots?

A. Anytime you have a shot, there is always a slight risk of reaction. However, for the vast majority of patients, no side effects occur. However, red skin around the injection site and soreness may occur. The doctor providing the shot will be able to discuss potential side effects with you prior to your shot. 

Flu shots in Atlanta and Alpharetta, Ga

Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA residents know the importance of getting protected against the flu. But, it’s especially important to get protected if you’re an expecting mother. The staff at Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology will be happy to discuss flu shots with you, and provide them. Contact Georgia Obsterics and Gynecology today to learn more.