Are Flu Shots Safe During Pregnancy?

Mothers: Before a doctor pressures you into a medical procedure your intuition might be weary about–please keep doing your own independent research.

You may not be getting the whole story when it comes to prenatal vaccines, for example, no vaccines are FDA approved for use during pregnancy, AND, there are zero well-controlled safety studies.

Flu shots, a.k.a. influenza vaccines, are one vaccine that you may find your doctor unreasonably pushing on you, and you need to know none of them are approved by the FDA to be administered to pregnant women. Every single vaccine insert from the manufacturer states:

“Should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.” 

If a doctor bullies or intimidates you into getting a vaccine that hasn’t even been tested–First, please know you have EVERY RIGHT to refuse, and second, please report them to the medical board of your State.

Flu Vaccines are category B, and as the “vaccine inserts” state, there are “no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.” It’s essentially an off-label recommendation.

Flu shots in the first trimester were found to increase miscarriage risk. Flu shots are notoriously ineffective, some years as little as 9% effective. Flu vaccines increase your risk of other respiratory infections. Getting a flu shot every year was found to offer no protection against influenza. Maternal immune activation is considered to be a risk factor for many disorders including schizophrenia and autism. There is a lot to consider before getting a flu shot.

According to Children’s Health Defense:

In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, the FDA has admitted, for the first time, that government agencies, including the CDC, are recommending vaccines for pregnant women that have neither been licensed for pregnant mothers by FDA nor tested for safety in clinical trials.

The lawsuit, filed by Children’s Health Defense (CHD) attorney, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on behalf of Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN), a vaccine safety advocacy group, sought all clinical trial data used by FDA to approve influenza vaccines for pregnant women. The FDA’s terse reply: “We have no records responsive to your requests.”

Here’s a copy of the letter:

Read the Vaccine Inserts Section 8.1: