Valley Doctor Urges Pregnant Women to get Vaccinated

October 6, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Valley doctor said he's encouraging all of his pregnant patients to get the H1N1 vaccine. "No question about it, every woman who is pregnant should get it," said OB/GYN Dr. Ron Lichtenstein, "Because of the lower immunity, if she gets it her life is in danger and the life of her baby is in danger and there's no other way of preventing it."

Despite the advice from Doctor Ron Lichtenstein, pregnant women can't get the vaccine just yet. Their immune systems aren't strong enough for the nasal version out now because it contains a live virus. Pregnant women will need to wait until the government releases the injectible vaccine.

The vaccine has been safely tested on more than 4,000 people, including pregnant women and children. But experts say anyone who is allergic to eggs should avoid the vaccine.

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