Flu vaccination protects pregnant women and their babies
— Andrea Stevenson
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., Dec. 19, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that it’s time for everyone over the age of 6 months to get the flu vaccine, especially pregnant women. reminds me of something Andrea Stevenson, CEO of South East His Florida Health Council is sponsoring his COVID-19 Community Awareness Campaign for Florida’s Local Health Council: Stay Healthy, Stay in the Sun bask in the light Your local health council will keep you informed and make the best decisions for your health.
Florida’s 2022-23 flu season will begin on October 2, 2022 and end on May 20, 2023, but surveillance will continue throughout the year. The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) publishes the weekly Florida FLU REVIEW and continues to report significant influenza and influenza-like illness. Stephenson notes that this year’s increase in influenza epidemics coincides with his RSV season in Florida, with more cases in children than usual from the summer of 2021 onwards.
“In addition to qualifying for COVID vaccines and related boosters, everyone, including expectant mothers and at-risk mothers, can help protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu this holiday season by helping them stay healthy. We recommend staying up-to-date on the benefits above,” says Stevenson.
According to CDC data, pregnant women are more likely to be hospitalized with the flu than nonpregnant women of childbearing age. The high fever that often accompanies influenza has been linked in several studies to neural tube defects and other adverse outcomes in developing babies. It also helps protect babies from the flu during the first few months of life because they pass antibodies to the developing baby during pregnancy and through breast milk.
“The more people get vaccinated against flu and COVID, the more people are protected,” Stevenson says.
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