Health Check: Flu vaccine is safe for pregnant women

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- With flu season approaching, there many questions as to whether the flu vaccine is safe for pregnant women.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) continues to recommend that all pregnant women receive the vaccine regardless of the trimester of pregnancy.

This recommendation comes after a recent study which associated miscarriage with influenza vaccine during the first trimester.

Certified nurse midwife Clair McStacy says she agrees that the vaccine is still safe.

"I will tell you the ACOG recommendations said there was no shown problems with flu shot during the second trimester," she says.

According to McStacy, the flu during pregnancy could be deadly, or more serious, for pregnant women.

ACOG monitors vaccine safety to provide accurate recommendations to OBGYN's.

The organization believes there to be "insufficient information to support changing the current recommendation."

It is advised to consider all options with your healthcare provider.

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