National Infant Mortality Awareness Month
With the 2011-2012 flu season just around the corner, the flu vaccine is becoming more readily available. Because of a reduced immune system and changes to the heart and lungs during pregnancy, expectant moms are more prone to the flu and are a priority population for receiving a vaccine.
The flu shot — but not the nasal spray — is safe for most pregnant women and has shown to protect mom and her baby (up to six months old).
Flu symtoms include:
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue and tiredness
The CDC recommends calling 911 if you have the following signs:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- High fever that is not responding to Tylenol® (or store brand equivalent)
- Decreased or no movement of your baby
For more information, visit the CDC’s Flu Web site.