women are more likely to be hospitalized and are at higher risk of death and complications from flu, including swine flu and seasonal flu, than the general population. As scary as that sounds, experts say that most pregnant women who become ill with H1N1 swine flu will not have a serious problem. If you are pregnant, here's what you need to know.
The CDC says people with heart disease should get the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year. That way your body has time to build up enough antibody defenses before the flu season kicks into high gear. It can begin as early as October and last as late as May.
It's best to get vaccinated before December, but you can still do it later, if needed. The shot usually starts to protect you about 2 weeks after you get it.
A pneumonia vaccine usually only needs to be taken once. You may need a booster, though, if you got it before age 65 or you have certain medical conditions.