It is that time of year again. Flu season approaches as we head into the cooler months. Flu vaccination in pregnancy is a good thing to do. Consider the following facts
- Influenza vaccination is very safe in pregnancy. There is no live virus in the vaccine. It is not possible to get the flu from the vaccine. Significant reactions to the vaccine in adults are very uncommon (aside from a mildly sore arm for a couple of days!)
- The vaccine is very effective at prevening influenza
- The likelihood of severe illness or influenza associated complications (especially with Swine Flu) is increased in pregnancy, especially in the last 3 months of pregnancy
- Even if you have been vaccinated previously, immunity tends to wane over time and it is advisable to be re-vaccinated each year
- If you are vaccinated during pregnancy it will provide your baby with some protection against influenze for the first few months of his or her life.
I will certainly be having my Flu vaccination again this year and I urge women who are pregnant to do the same.
Here is the link to the RANZCOG media release on Flu vaccination in pregnancy http://www.ranzcog.edu.au/media/media-releases/902-influenza-vaccination-for-all-pregnant-women-and-obstetric-and-midwifery-staff-.html