CDC advises vaccination for pregnant women against flu and whooping cough

Henrietta Brewer
October 11, 2019

The consequences of missing vaccines for flu and whooping cough, also called pertussis, can be dire. Health professionals are urging patients to get their flu shots early.

Flu and whooping cough are not fatal to most healthy adults but kills children under five in the United States every year.

Flu can be particularly risky for pregnant women and can cause complications like premature birth.

Another myth the health department pointed out: the flu vaccine isn't needed every year. Both the flu and whooping cough can be risky for pregnant women and young babies, but according to a new report, the majority of moms-to-be aren't getting the recommended vaccines that can help offer protection. According to TODAY, "Most healthy people who get the shot in September can expect some protection through the spring".

The website adds, "Recommendations from healthcare providers are one of the strongest motivators for pregnant women to get vaccinated".

The agency reported that babies less than six months old have the highest rate of influenza-associated hospitalizations and deaths among children, while more than two-thirds of babies less than two months old with whooping cough must be hospitalized. "Begin those conversations early - it may not be flu season, it may not be the third trimester [for the Tdap vaccine], but start talking to patients early in their pregnancy, provide them information to read between appointments so that when the time comes, they'll be able to make a good choice". Only 35 percent pregnant women get vaccinated and further only around half of these women receive both the shots.

Local health care providers will receive an initial amount of the flu shot this week.

The CDC Vital Signs recommendation released this week Tuesday (8th of October 2019), is that these vaccines against flu and whooping cough are safe for pregnant women and do not affect their unborn babies adversely. But it is never too late to get vaccinated even in January. "It's not just for yourself that you're getting it, it's for all those people around you".

According to PHAC, you should also cough into your elbow or sleeve rather than your hand, frequently clean and disinfect surfaces that you touch often - like doorknobs and telephones - and avoid touching your face. "Some people with a history of GBS should not get this vaccine".

Flu vaccinations will take place on October 17 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m., and October 29 from 6:00 t0 7:30 p.m. Immunizations are free to all residents who show up, but seniors with a Medicare Part B card who attend are requested to bring it with them.

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