Pregnancy and the Flu

in der apothekeAccording to the CDC, this flu season has hit the United States harder than in recent years. Because pregnancy can increase the length of infection and can lead to more complications, such as pneumonia, it’s important to know how to prevent the flu during pregnancy.

Get vaccinated

The flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu. It is perfectly safe to get vaccinated while pregnant, even if you’re in your third trimester. Not only can the vaccine protect you, but it can also protect infants from the flu for 6 months after birth.

Regularly wash hands

Washing hands for 20 seconds is a good way to prevent spreading germs.

Eat healthy

Eating healthy is particularly important during pregnancy, especially when it comes to preventing the cold and flu.

Flu Symptoms

Common symptoms of the flu include:

  •  Sore Throat
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Chills
  • Muscle Soreness and Body Aches
  • Loss of Appetite

What If I Have Flu Symptoms while Pregnant?

The flu can last three times longer in pregnant women, so it’s important to contact your physician immediately if you notice you have symptoms. Your physician will prescribe safe medications that will help treat the flu. It’s always important to consult your doctor prior to taking medications during pregnancy.

Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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