Flu season is fast approaching and for pregnant women this means taking precautionary steps to prevent contracting the virus.
The flu shot is the best protection and the vaccine is safe for both you and your baby when given during pregnancy. Everyone who cares for your baby should get a flu shot too, including other household members and relatives.
You can get the flu shot at any time during your pregnancy. It takes at least two weeks to make antibodies after getting a flu vaccine and for pregnant women it might be up to four weeks. Some of these antibodies then pass onto your baby during your pregnancy and may also be passed through breastmilk. This is important because babies less than 6 months of age are too young to get a flu vaccine and these antibodies will help protect your baby from flu in the first few months after birth.
Flu shots are free for pregnant women. While it is recommended that all pregnant women should be vaccinated as early as possible in pregnancy, the best time to have the flu vaccine is in April or May to ensure your protection doesn’t wane before the flu season peaks.
If you would like more information on the flu vaccine, please contact our rooms on 3344-1656, or chat with Dr Elgey at your next appointment.