Pregnancy and Flu Vaccine
Post by on Sunday, September 26, 2021
With the start of flu season it is highly recommended that all people above 6 months of age should receive a flu shot. There are some high risks groups like diabetic, immune compromised, cancer patients, extremes of age and pregnant ladies who are high risk for severe influenza illness and fatal outcome. Therefore it is strongly recommended that all pregnant ladies should receive flu shot in order to safeguard mothers and fetal life. Pregnant ladies are susceptible to severe flu illness due to changes in their immune system, heart, and lungs during pregnancy makes them ( up to two weeks postpartum) more prone to severe illness from flu, including illness resulting in hospitalization. Influenza illness perse is harmful for developing fetus. A common flu symptom is fever, which may be associated with neural tube defects and other adverse outcomes for a developing baby. Getting vaccinated also can help protect a baby after birth from flu (the pregnant parent passes antibodies on to the developing baby during pregnancy).
Further pregnant women should get a intramuscular flu shot and not the nasal spray flu vaccine. Vaccination has been shown to reduce the risk of flu-associated acute respiratory infection in pregnant people by up to one-half. A 2018 studye showed that getting a flu shot reduced a pregnant person’s risk of being hospitalized with flu by an average of 40 percent. Pregnant people who get a flu vaccine also are helping to protect their babies from flu illness for the first several months after their birth, when they are too young to get vaccinated.
September and October are generally good times to be vaccinated. Early vaccination also can be considered for people who are in the third trimester of pregnancy, because this can help protect the baby after birth during their first months of life (when they are too young to be vaccinated).