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Flu Widespread in NJ, Pregnant Women Encouraged to Get Flu Shot

With flu season in full swing early this winter, pregnant women must protect themselves and their babies by getting the flu shot.

Pregnant women are considered especially vulnerable to the flu. With over 2,000 hospitalizations nationally and widespread flu activity in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, expectant moms in the area must be protected.

The flu can cause serious problems to an unborn baby, including premature delivery, birth defects or even death.

It is safe to get the flu vaccine at any time during pregnancy. Flu shots are given at local pharmacies, doctors’ offices and health departments.

To find a flu shot clinic in your area, visit the New Jersey Department of Health.

Protect yourself further by washing your hands often and contacting your doctor if you experience flu-like symtpoms of nausua or a fever.