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The only caveat is the type of vaccine: An influenza shot -- the kind made with killed virus -- is safe during any trimester of pregnancy, the letter stresses. Pregnant women aren't supposed to receive the nasal spray vaccine FluMist, made with a live but weakened virus.
New moms, even if they're breastfeeding, can choose either vaccine, the letter says.
And an extra benefit: Vaccinated "pregnant women pass on their immunity, protecting babies until they are old enough to receive their own vaccinations," said Dr. Jennifer Howse, president of the March of Dimes, who co-signed the letter.
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