The Facts about Flu Vax and Pregnancy

At this time of the year, you will likely have your midwife / obstetrician talk to you about the benefits of a Influenza (flu) vaccine to you and your unborn child. That is because Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory viral infection that circulates each year in the winter months and can cause serious illness in otherwise healthy individuals.

Unlike a cold, flu symptoms develop abruptly one to three days after infection, and can include: tiredness, high fever, chills, headache, sore throat, coughing, sneezing, runny noses, poor appetite, and muscle aches. Most people who get the flu will suffer from mild illness and recover in around four weeks. In some cases, severe illness and complications such as pneumonia can develop, which can result in hospitalisation and even death. Even if you are generally healthy and rarely get sick, changes in immune, heart & lung functions during pregnancy make you more likely to become seriously ill. read more “The Facts about Flu Vax and Pregnancy”