Pregnant women and those who have recently given birth are at higher risk to become extremely ill due to the flu. Complications can include preterm birth and even maternal death.

You can protect yourself and your unborn baby against this year’s severe flu season by getting the flu vaccine today. Flu shots have a good safety record and have been given to millions of pregnant women over many years.

For assistance finding a location to receive your flu vaccine go to:  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/flu-finder-widget.html

To prevent the flu, wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Avoid close contact with others and do not touch your face with your hands.

Early treatment of the flu is essential to prevent harm to yourself or your baby. Watch for flu-like symptoms and report them to your doctor immediately. Symptoms include a fever of 100°F and above and one or more of the following:

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Headache/body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea/vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing