Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is caused by the spread of a highly contagious virus mainly through coughing and sneezing.
Symptoms of influenza usually occur 1 to 3 days after infection and may include sudden onset of fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle pain, severe fatigue and loss of appetite.
Complications can include, worsening of other disease, and death.
pregnant women who get the flu are at high risk of hospitalization, and even death, than women who are not pregnant. The risk of stillbirth is reduced by 51% in pregnant women are immunized against the flu. Babies 25% less likely to be hospitalized from flu-related illnesses if their mothers were immunized against the flu while pregnant.
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Pregnant women who get the flu twice as likely to be hospitalized than other people who have the flu
The Government of Australia and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that all women pregnant should be vaccinated against the flu to :.
The World Health Organization recommends that pregnant women should receive the highest priority for influenza vaccination.
Yes. Influenza vaccines have been given safely to millions of pregnant women around the world for many years. Influenza vaccination has not been shown to cause harm to pregnant women or their babies. Several studies confirm normal growth and health of infants with no excess in birth defects, cancer or developmental problems including learning, hearing, speech and vision.
Since 2012, the WA Department of Health has been monitoring the safety of influenza vaccines in pregnant women and found no serious security problems after the vaccination.
influenza vaccine is recommended for pregnant women contains proteins from 4 types of influenza virus strains representing the most likely to circulate every winter. inactivated influenza vaccine can not give you influenza because they do not contain live virus. free influenza vaccine for pregnant women through the National Immunization Program.
The influenza vaccine can be given at any time during pregnancy. However, to protect women during their second and third trimester is a priority as this is the time when the serious complications of influenza are more likely to occur.
In order to optimally protected from the flu, you should get a flu vaccine before the onset of the influenza season (from May) regardless of what pregnancy trimester you are in. WA’s peak influenza season is from July to October.
If the pregnancy overlapped two influenza seasons and women have received the influenza vaccine in the previous season, he can also receive the vaccine when the season later in pregnancy.
The most common side effects after flu vaccination mild, such as pain, redness and / or swelling where the vaccination was given. Some people may have a headache, muscle aches, fever, and nausea or feel tired. If these symptoms occur, they usually begin soon after vaccination and last 1-2 days. None of the common side effects that harm the baby. Sometimes, vaccination can cause serious problems such as severe allergic reactions. Life-threatening allergic reactions to vaccines are very rare, but be sure to tell the person who gives the vaccine if you have severe allergies or if you have experienced a severe allergic reaction following vaccination.
If you have experienced life-threatening allergic reaction after a dose of influenza vaccine, or if you have a severe allergy to any part of this vaccine, you should not get the influenza vaccine. Tell your doctor if you have severe allergies.
The signs of a severe allergic reaction can include hives, swelling of the face and throat, difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, and weakness. This will start a few minutes to a few hours after the vaccination.
If you think you are having a severe allergic reaction or other medical emergencies that require urgent attention, call 000 or go to the nearest hospital. If not, contact your doctor.
Yes, you can get the pertussis vaccine and flu vaccine at the same time during your pregnancy. You can also get it in a different visit. You have to wait to get the pertussis vaccine until you are in the third trimester.
WA Health has a program to routinely monitor vaccinations given to pregnant women. Talk to you if you would like to participate in this follow-up services.
You can be vaccinated in GP or antenatal clinic.
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