In pregnancy, women are more susceptible to infection by different viruses, such as flu or common cold and cough as a result of a decreased immune system. While Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise every 6 months of age to have a flu vaccine, there is confusion about the safety and efficacy of influenza virus during pregnancy, how the impact with influenza can affect the unborn baby,
Terra Howard, Ph.D. at the University of Alabama at the Birmingham Women's Reproductive Health Department and at the Leons Clinic at UAB Medicine, deals with general issues and concerns women can have about the influenza virus during the peak season.
Q: Is the flu for pregnant women and baby safe?
A: The flu shot is very safe for both the mother and the baby. In fact, giving Mum to vaccination during pregnancy provides additional protection for the newborn, which can not be vaccinated up to 6 months of age. A common myth is that influenza virus gives you flu, which is not true. Another common myth is that the flu vaccine, like other vaccines, gives the baby autism. This is also not true.
Q: Should pregnant women get the flu vaccine?
A: Absolutely. Pregnant women who receive flu are more likely to be admitted to the hospital and intensive care unit than non-pregnant women receiving flu. Because of the severity of the virus, I recommend that every pregnant woman receive the vaccine (unless there is an allergy). Ounce Prevention costs more than a pound of light.
Q: If I'm pregnant and start experiencing flu-like symptoms, what should I do? Do I have to visit the HR?
A: If you start experiencing flu-like symptoms that include fever, chills, coughing and / or headaches, you should call your doctor. You will probably be prescribed Tamiflu, a medicine that can help reduce the symptoms and shorten the time you are sick. Please stay at home to reduce the spread of the flu instead of getting into the emergency. We only want you to come to the hospital if: you have difficulty in breathing, have a history of asthma or immunosuppression or have complications with your pregnancy.
Q: What can I do to protect myself and my baby from influenza and other seasonal viruses?
A: It is very important to get your vaccination. Do not forget that prevention is important. Handwashing is also very important for defending this season.
Question: Can you shoot the flu anytime of pregnancy?
A: Absolutely. Flu is recommended at any time during the influenza season and at any time during pregnancy. However, we recommend that you get infected with influenza at the beginning of the flu and may be better for you and for the baby.
Q: If I have a flu, can I breastfeed my baby?
A: If you have a flu, you can breastfeed. Please wash your hands with hot water and wear a mask to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to the baby. Also do this when working with a pump or pump parts. Make sure you stay hydrated and take Tamiflu as prescribed.
Flu infection during pregnancy reduces the risk of influenza hospitalization
University of Alabama in Birmingham
Is it safe to shoot flu during pregnancy? (2019, January 25)
drawn up on 25 January 2019
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