Flu shot during pregnancy poses no health risk to baby

Flu shot

The help desk at the Sakowich Campus Center is giving out free flu kits to help prevent spreading the flu, take one while heading to class or getting a sub in the Den!

This year's strain of the flu brings not only usual symptoms of fever and nausea but also shortness of breath.

U.S. doctors recommend that babies get annual flu shots starting when they're six months old and four doses of the DTaP vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis starting at two months old. That legislation aims to provide $1 billion to the National Institutes of Health in order to support development of a universal flu vaccine, building on current promising efforts. "Some groups-notably young children, seniors, pregnant women, and individuals with certain health conditions-are susceptible to serious health complications from the flu". "This time in February, we're starting to see both of those numbers start to decrease substantially". "As healthcare professionals, it is our duty to do whatever we can to protect their health and safety". For more information, call the Trinity County Public Health Department at 623-8209.

The panel makes its recommendations to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which usually accepts the advice and sends it along as guidance to doctors, hospitals and health insurers. Ninety-six percent of residents and 99 percent of staff have been vaccinated at the facility. "So, it's very effective for a flu shot".

Despite March approaching, Smith says it's not too late to get the flu shot and that it's still beneficial to get it even up until June just before it expires.

In a CDC report, early estimates suggest this season's flu vaccine is 36 percent effective overall.

"Some people believe the flu vaccine causes illness, but this is a fallacy: there have been many large-scale studies that demonstrate that people do not get the flu from the flu shot", Tannenbaum said.

Children aren't the only ones who should get another dosage of the vaccine.

It is also important to cover coughs and sneezes, avoid touching hands to mouth, nose and eyes, wash your hands frequently, and stay home when sick.

According to the CDC, there is no shortage in supply of the flu vaccine. These medications can shorten the length of time you are sick. The flu vaccine changes from year to year, depending on what flu bugs are going around.

As the flu continues to be unrelenting in pediatric cases throughout the state, the CDC wants parents to consider getting a second flu shot for their children.

The Mayo Clinic has more about vaccination during pregnancy.

The AstraZeneca product was once considered the best childhood flu vaccine on the market and accounted for about a third of all child vaccinations.

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