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Flu vaccine misconceptions putting everyone at risk

Woman holding chalkboard sign that says Get Your Flu ShotAccording to federal health agency recommendations, nearly everyone over 6 months of age should get vaccinated for the flu this winter season. Unfortunately, many Americans are woefully misinformed about vaccines and choose not to take this simple step that could bolster their health.

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Flu facts for expectant moms

Information about the H1N1 vaccineRecent reports show that up to 30 percent of pregnant women who are infected with the H1N1 flu virus require hospitalization. And of the H1N1-related deaths reported in the United States, 6 percent of them – a disproportionately high percentage – are pregnant women. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, “Getting a flu shot is the single best way to protect against the flu.” Yet many pregnant women are either hesitant to get a flu shot or have been unable to get vaccinated due to limited supplies.

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