Flu Season

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flu season occurs in the fall and winter in the United States.   The CDC recommends you get the flu vaccine before flu begins spreading or by the end of October, although it can still be beneficial if you are vaccinated later.  It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body. 

Flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant.  Changes in the immune system, heart, and lungs during pregnancy, make pregnant women (and women up to two weeks postpartum) more prone to severe illness from flu, including illness resulting in hospitalization.  Flu also may be harmful for a pregnant woman's developing baby.  A common flu symptom is fever, which may be associated with neural tube devects and other adverse outcomes for a developing baby. 

If you get sick with flu symptoms, or have been close to someone with flu symptoms, please call your doctor right away.  There are antiviral drugs that can treat flu illness and prevent serious flu complications.  CDC recommends prompt treatment for people who have influenza infection or suspected influenza infection and who are at high risk of serious flu complications, such as pregnant women.  More details about the flue are availabe on the CDC website at:

Pregnant Women & Influenza (Flu)


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