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Health officials recommend flu shot for pregnant women


Charleston Daily Mail
By Sam Speciale

At about 50 percent, West Virginia has the third highest adult flu vaccination rate in the country, but state health officials are increasing their efforts to encourage even more citizens to get a shot this season.

Chief among them is pregnant women, who during the course of pregnancy experience changes to their immune system that make them more susceptible to influenza strains.

Jeff Necuzzi, director of Immunization Services for the Bureau of Public Health, said even when otherwise healthy, pregnant women are at high risk for contracting the flu. He also said the virus is more likely to affect them severely, causing hospitalization or in rare cases, death.

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