CDC Says Pregnant Women Should Get a Flu Shot
You might find yourself reaching for the AC button instead of a scarf or hat these days (Whew! It’s a scorcher!), but the weather doesn’t have as much to do with the spread of illness as many believe. We’re still in the middle of the two most active months for the spread of the flu (December and January in South Florida).
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported today that the flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than women who are not pregnant, due to pregnancy’s effect on mommy’s lungs, heart and immune system.
According to the CDC, the flu while pregnant also poses serious risk to the baby, including an increased risk of miscarriage or preterm birth.
Although when administered during pregnancy, the flu shot has been shown to protect both the mother and her baby (up to 6 months old) from flu and the CDC says the shot is safe to get at any stage, some warnings should be known.
The nasal spray vaccine should not be given to pregnant women, and it is always best to consult your OB before taking any kind of vaccine or medication. Also, if you’re pregnant and feeling any symptoms, such a fever, consult your doctor right away.
It is widely accepted in the medical community that flu shots are safe for pregnant women. However, it is best to ALWAYS work closely with your doctor and do your own research when it comes to the health of mother and baby.
For more info on pregnancy and the flu vaccine from the CDC check out:http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/pregnant.htm.
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