Pregnant women advised to get flu shot

A flu shot is administered in Barre, Vt., Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004. Across Vermont on Thursday, 17 clinics will administer 12,000 flu vaccines to people at highest risk from the flu. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

October 11, 2012 4:08:25 PM PDT
Flu season is near and doctors are making a new push for pregnant women to get vaccinated against the disease.

Medical experts say expectant mothers should not be afraid of harming their babies with the flu shot. They say the opposite is true. Studies show women who get vaccinated against the flu pass along antibodies to their newborns to protect them from the flu in the first few months of life.

Babies cannot get a flu shot until they're six-months-old.