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CDC Advises Pregnant Women To Receive Flu Shot

CDC Advises Pregnant Women To Receive Flu Shot

August 22, 2011 — Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging pregnant women to be vaccinated for the upcoming flu season, Wall Street Journal's "Health Blog" reports.

According to CDC, 49% of pregnant women received flu shots during the 2010-2011 season, the same as during the prior flu season. The agency said pregnant women are at particular risk of flu complications.

Findings also show that being offered the shot increased the likelihood that a pregnant woman would get vaccinated by 71%, while only 14% of pregnant women sought the vaccine when not offered the shot.

CDC also urged health care workers to be vaccinated, noting that 63.5% of such workers received the shot during the 2010-2011 flu season, compared with 62% in the previous season.

The agency said it expects that about 166 million vaccines will be produced this year, up from 157 million last year (Martin, "Health Blog," Wall Street Journal, 8/18).