They’re at greater risk of flu complications because pregnancy takes a toll on their respiratory and immune systems.
Newborn babies are also at increased risk of severe illness, and even death from the flu.
But if their mothers are vaccinated during pregnancy, babies are less likely to become ill with flu during their first six months.
That’s critical, since it’s not recommended that babies younger than six months get a flu shot.
Pregnant women should get a flu shot, doctors say