FAQ about the flu vaccine during pregnancy
Frequently asked questions and answers about pregnancy and the flu vaccine.
Newborn babies have a higher risk of serious consequences from flu, such as hospital admission. If the mother gets the flu vaccine during pregnancy, the baby less likely to get the flu after being born. The flu vaccine also helps pregnant women directly. Pregnant women who have flu are more likely to need hospital admission than women of the same age who have flu and are not pregnant. The flu vaccine is safe for babies and for pregnant women.
RIVM monitors the development of the flu virus in various ways. We call this ‘surveillance’. As part of these efforts, we work closely with Nivel, Erasmus University Medical Center (Erasmus MC) and laboratories in the Netherlands. We track how many people there are in the Netherlands with flu-like symptoms and look at which type of flu virus is most prevalent.
Influenza, or flu for short, is caused by the flu virus (influenza virus). It is an infectious respiratory disease. People often refer to all types of illnesses with symptoms like a cold, cough and fever as ‘flu’, but these symptoms can also occur with other viruses, such as the coronavirus. The information on this page only concerns actual flu, caused by the influenza virus.