Flu Shots And Pregnant WomenOct 28, 2013
Pregnant women are among those who are highly vulnerable to the flu. Dr. Kirtly Jones discusses if flu shots are safe during pregnancy and what you need to know if you're pregnant during flu season.
Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones: Flu shots and pregnant women, is it a good idea? I'm Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones, Professor of OB/GYN at University of Utah Health Care, and this is The Scope.
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Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones: The flu season comes around about this time of year. An influenza is an illness that's caused by a virus that's really common and very highly communicable. That word means that you, if someone sneezes on you or you wipe your kid's nose and then you wipe your nose or stick your finger in your mouth, you're very likely to get it. So it's common. Most people get over it. But there are certain people who are highly vulnerable, and these are children, old people, and pregnant women, or people with big heart problems.
So what do you do? It turns out the flu shot is very safe for pregnancy and we really encourage women to get it early, like, right now, early in the fall, so that you can build the antibodies that might help. You will be, if you're pregnant, at the most vulnerable time in your pregnancy to influenza, and that is the second or third trimester.
Now, women who are pregnant often have kids who sneeze on them and they have older parents who might get sick, so you are often caretakers. So you're taking care of people with the flu and you just don't want to get it because your heart is already pumping for two, your immune system is a little bit compromised, and women can die or get so sick from the flu that their babies could die. So get your flu shot. Get it now.
This is Dr. Kirtly Jones, and thank you for joining us on The Scope.
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