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Pregnant Women Should Get Flu and Whooping Cough Shots, CDC Says

11 October 2019

"This vaccine is made with four times the amount of antigen, giving older adults a better immune response".

Talk to your health care provider for more information about the flu vaccine.

Lake County Public Health is offering seasonal flu vaccines for $2. In fact, the CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for just about everyone 6 months and older.

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"Avoiding crowds. Eating healthy, getting plenty of rest and plenty of fluids are all pretty simple things, pretty old fashioned things, but they really do seem to stand the test of time of the most effective things that you can do to stay healthy during the flu season and really all year round as well". They also looked at 2,600 pregnant women between August 2018 to present, in an online survey to look at the vaccine uptake. About three-quarters of pregnant women said they had been, but of those, roughly a third remained unvaccinated. Women who were uninsured, poor or living in the South were also less likely to be advised they should get the flu vaccine. Those antibodies protect babies when they are born until they can build up their own immunity from a series of five immunizations against the disease. 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 CDC page recommends that healthcare providers should, "discuss the benefits of vaccination with pregnant women early and often, strongly recommend flu and Tdap vaccines to pregnant women".

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.

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A short delay doesn't doom you to getting the flu though, health experts say. All concerned should in addition get a flu shot each year and get whooping cough vaccine as recommended.

It said that only 35% had received both vaccinations. Women who contract the flu during pregnancy are also almost twice as likely to be hospitalized because of the virus, the CDC says.

The Tdap vaccine protects against whooping cough and is recommended during the early part of the third trimester during pregnancy.

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Since 2010, up to 20 babies have died each year from whooping cough in the United States, according to the CDC. 67% of babies younger than two months old that suffer from whooping cough require hospital care; 69% of whooping cough deaths occur in that age group, the CDC said.

Pregnant Women Should Get Flu and Whooping Cough Shots, CDC Says