Pregnant Women Should Get Flu and Whooping Cough Shots, CDC Says


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most pregnant women are not receiving a recommended part of their routine prenatal care. However, if you do have an egg allergy, experts at the CDC recommend you get the vaccine in a medical setting, where a health care provider can monitor for any symptoms and severe allergic conditions.

"While it is true that some people, after they receive a flu vaccination, feel a bit achy or not well for a couple of days", Felix said, "I encourage them that it's their immune system working to develop the antibodies to the flu".

However, the CDC pointed to the effectiveness of vaccines for pregnant women, as flu shots reduced the hospitalization rate of babies less than six months old by 72%. And in some cases, that could lead to death. The next flu clinic is on November 7 in the Student Union, so take care of yourself and those around you and get that vaccine.

Among the 2,626 women who completed the survey (including 2,097 who were pregnant during flu season), 54% reported that they received the flu shot, and 55% said they received the Tdap vaccine during pregnancy. Studies show flu and whooping cough vaccines are safe for pregnant women and developing babies. They are looking at the recent flu season in Australia, where winter has just ended.

Every year, we may hear many misconceptions about the flu and the flu shot.

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The flu can be a serious disease, and an infection can carry a risk of serious complications.

Although the flu is so visibly evident in its ability to spread in anyone and everyone it comes in contact with, the importance of getting the flu shot has recently been a topic of controversy. The risk of hospitalization in babies less than 2 months age, due to whooping is also reduced by 91 percent if the mother is vaccinated says CDC.

The new report analyzed data on hospitalization and death from flu and whooping cough between 2010 and 2018. For example, children younger than 6 months of age are too young to get a flu shot. "It takes about two weeks to build immunity to influenza after getting the vaccine". "A big reason why women opted out of both vaccines is because they felt it was unsafe for their child".

"There's a lot of different areas of health and there's a lot of things available to them that they might not know about", Fisher said. Only 35 percent pregnant women get vaccinated and further only around half of these women receive both the shots.

But women who get the shot are at a 40 percent lower risk of being hospitalized for the virus.