Flu vaccine: Is the flu vaccine safe while breastfeeding?

I am breastfeeding my four-month-old daughter. Is it safe to get a flu shot while nursing?

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Yes--The flu vaccine is safe for nursing moms.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Most vaccines can be given safely to the mother of the nursing infant. Breastfeeding does not adversely affect the immune response and is not a contraindication for vaccination."

However, if you are have experienced hives, have had swelling of the lips or tongue or have experienced acute respiratory distress or collapse after eating eggs, it's very important that you talk to your physician to help determine if you should receive the flu vaccine.

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