December 2-8 is National Influenza Vaccination Week.
We take this time to remind everyone that is six months and older that as long as the flu virus is circulating, it is not too late to get your flu vaccine.
You have the power to protect those who can’t protect themselves. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all women who are pregnant during Flu season get a flu shot, regardless of their trimester.
A flu shot during pregnancy can help:
- Prevent the flu and maternal complications. The flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant. Getting the vaccine decreases your risk of becoming hospitalized and getting the flu during your pregnancy.
- Prevent potential fetal health problems due to the flu. Having a fever caused by the flu early in pregnancy might increase the risk of congenital disabilities.
- Protect your baby after birth. Infants are at increased risk of severe flu symptoms, but childhood flu vaccines can’t begin until a baby is six months old. If you have a flu shot during pregnancy, the antibodies you develop will pass through the placenta and breast milk, if you’re breastfeeding. These antibodies help protect your baby from the flu after birth.
Talk to your primary care provider if you have any questions or concerns about receiving the flu vaccine.
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