I just found out that I'm 6 weeks pregnant. Do I need to get the flu vaccine or will it affect my pregnancy? – Eliza* Health experts recommend the flu vaccine for all women who: are pregnant are thinking about getting pregnant have recently given birth are breastfeeding during flu season Pregnancy leads to changes in a woman's body. The immune system becomes a bit weaker. That makes it easier for pregnant women to catch any bug that's going around. And changes in how the heart and lungs work during pregnancy make it more likely that the flu will turn into a more serious problem, like pneumonia. Studies have shown that the flu shot is safe during pregnancy. The flu vaccine also is available as a nasal spray, but it's not recommended for pregnant women. If you get flu-like symptoms before or after you've been vaccinated, call your doctor right away. Pregnant women who catch the flu may need to take antiviral medicine to lower the chances of developing other health problems. *Names have been changed to protect user privacy. Back to Articles Related Articles Having a Healthy Pregnancy Whether you feel confused, worried, scared, or excited, you'll want to know how your life will change, what you can do to have a healthy baby. Read More Flu Center Get the basics on how flu spreads and how to protect yourself. Read More Flu Facts Every year from October to May, millions of people across the United States come down with the flu. Get the facts on the flu - including how to feel better if you get it. Read More 5 Ways to Fight the Flu Get tips for fending off the flu in this article for teens. Read More 5 Tips for Surviving Shots If you're afraid of shots, you're not alone. Next time your doc asks you to roll up your sleeve, try these tips. Read More Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor. © 1995-2021 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.