Flu Vaccination Helps Protect Pregnant People and Their Babies

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February 23, 2024

Flu Weekly Newsletter

Influenza (Flu)
2023 - 2024 Flu Season 

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Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report

Flu activity remains elevated nationally with increases in some parts of the country. Nine flu-related deaths in children were reported this week, bringing the total this season to 91. CDC continues to recommend flu vaccination at this time.

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Flu Vaccination Helps Protect Pregnant People and Their Babies

Pregnant people are more likely to be hospitalized with flu than people of reproductive age who are not pregnant. Flu also may be harmful for a pregnant person’s developing baby. Getting a flu vaccine during pregnancy protects both the pregnant parent from flu as well as their baby for several months after birth when they are too young to be vaccinated.
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How Flu Vaccine Effectiveness is Measured

Vaccine effectiveness (VE) studies measure how well flu vaccines protect against different outcomes (doctor’s visits, hospitalizations) in different groups of people (children, adults). How well flu vaccines work varies from season to season. Learn more about how CDC calculates VE in time for the release of CDC’s interim flu VE estimates for the 2023-2024 season.
Did you know that flu activity can last until May? That's why there is still time to benefit from a flu vaccine this season. Here's everything you need to spread the word about flu vaccines and #FightFlu in your community: https://bit.ly/49srENa

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