National Influenza Vaccination Week, which is observed this year from December 1-7, is a time when health organizations come together to remind everyone about the importance of protecting yourself against the flu.
Can I still get a flu shot?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), few people get their flu shot after the end of November. But, with the holidays upon us and family and friends gathering, flu activity is increasing. Even though it’s recommended to get your flu shot between May-October, if you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, it’s not too late. Now is the time to get a flu vaccine if you haven’t yet!
What are the benefits of getting the flu shot?
Getting the flu can lead to serious health complications, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, and can lead to hospitalization. However, getting the flu shot protects you against the flu and flu-related hospitalizations. It can also help protect people around you, like babies and pregnant women, who have a higher risk of getting serious complications from the flu.
Is it safe to get the flu shot during pregnancy?
It’s safe to get the flu shot any time during pregnancy. If you haven’t gotten your flu shot this season, get it now. Getting a flu shot is the first and most important step to protect you and your baby against the flu and its complications. Not only does the flu shot help prevent you from getting the flu, but it also helps to protect your baby from the flu after he’s born and before can get his own vaccination.
Pregnant women who get the flu are more likely than women who don’t get it to have problems such as preterm labor and premature birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy). Fever caused by flu early in pregnancy may be linked to birth defects, like neural tube defects, and other problems in your baby.
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