Get a flu shot to help reduce risk of birth defects, March of Dimes says

Pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy should protect their own health and that of their baby by getting their annual flu shots right away, the March of Dimes says. The March of Dimes notes that getting get sick with the flu early in pregnancy makes you twice as likely to have a baby with a serious birth defect of the brain, spine, or heart as women who don’t catch the virus. Learn more about reducing risk factors for congenital heart defects on chphc.org.

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