CDC Urges Pregnant Mothers to Get Vaccinated

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine by the end of October. The flu shot lowers the risk of influenza hospitalization in babies by 72 percent (don't forget that babies are building their immune systems when they're born!) and Tdap vaccination lowers risk in babies by 91 percent.

Without the flu and Tdap vaccine, according to the CDC, both the infant and mother are at increased risk for the illnesses, which could result in hospitalization or 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.

In an accompanying Vital Signs edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Megan C. Lindley, MPH, of the CDC, and colleagues examined data from an Internet panel survey from March to April 2019 among women ages 18-49 who had been pregnant at any point since August 2018, as well as data from pregnant women reported to FluSurv-NET from 2010-2011 to 2017-2018.

It's never too late to protect yourself and those around you.

Even if this year's vaccine isn't effective, your symptoms may be less than they'd be without the vaccine, reports the CDC.

Some jurisdictions across Canada are anticipating smaller or later deliveries of the flu shot than normal - which could affect vaccination programs. The next most common reason for not receiving either vaccine was safety concerns for the infant - despite both vaccines having a strong track record of proven safety.

The flu poses a more serious danger to pregnant women and their developing babies than it does to other people and, ironically this fear coupled with misconceptions about the vaccine may have discouraged expecting mothers from getting the vaccination.

Talk to your health care provider for more information about the flu vaccine. However one in three of these women did not get the shots, the survey found.

The organization explains that pregnant women who receive the vaccines pass on the antibodies to their unborn babies and this protects them for the first few months of their lives before the babies can receive their shots against these infections. Many of these women thought that the vaccine was ineffective or unnecessary.

"We encourage them to start discussing the importance of maternal vaccination early in pregnancy, and continue vaccination discussions with their patients throughout pregnancy", Cohn said.

It said that only 35% had received both vaccinations.

In infants, whooping cough can lead to episodes of coughing that last for weeks.

Reich said the CDC project uses a collaborative approach across research institutions and health agencies, which is not always the case in science. Not sure when to get a flu shot-not to mention where to go, what to do, or who really needs one?

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