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CDC: Most pregnant women not getting vaccinated

CDC: Most pregnant women not getting vaccinated”

"Tracking the flu is helpful for the general public who are planning when to get their vaccination - they may have procrastinated and knowing that flu activity is occurring near their location may prompt them to get vaccination", Adalja told CNET.

When you get the flu shot, the vaccine contains an inactivated virus that can not give you influenza. And, roughly half of all pregnant women are only getting one of the vaccines. That's especially important for people who can not get vaccinated or have compromised immune systems.

Some jurisdictions across Canada are anticipating smaller or later deliveries of the flu shot than normal - which could affect vaccination programs.

Health Canada recommends the flu vaccine for everyone over six months of age, especially the elderly, kids under five, pregnant woman, and people with cancer, diabetes and other diseases. Australia's department of health said 662 people have died from the flu this season, and more than 270,000 people have gotten sick.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that 65% of mothers-to-be in the United States have not received two safe and effective vaccines recommended during pregnancy to reduce the risks of the flu and whooping cough.

Flu Near You displays a map of areas where there's flu activity from user-reported symptoms as well as from reports from the CDC. For example, children younger than 6 months of age are too young to get a flu shot.

Last year, many people had to purchase the quadrivalent vaccine from Global Positioning System and pharmacies, as the HSE was only offering a trivalent innoculation, which protected against just three strains. However, if you do have an egg allergy, experts at the CDC recommend you get the vaccine in a medical setting, where a health care provider can monitor for any symptoms and severe allergic conditions.

And finally, Dr. Chow says anyone who's had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS, a severe paralyzing illness), may not want to get the shot. "Some people with a history of GBS should not get this vaccine".

Here's what pregnant women need to know. Each year, the team changes the composition of the shot to better reflect and fight the worst strains. "Influenza vaccines offer the best protection against three or four of the most common influenza viruses expected to be circulating".

According to PHAC, you should also cough into your elbow or sleeve rather than your hand, frequently clean and disinfect surfaces that you touch often - like doorknobs and telephones - and avoid touching your face.

"The flu is serious and can be deadly, which is why it is so important for everyone to take the proper precautions to protect themselves, their loved ones and anyone they meet", Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine said in a news release.

Take antiviral drugs to treat flu if prescribed by your doctor. In fact, the CDC estimates that from October 2018-May 2019, there were 37.4 million-42.9 million reported flu illnesses, and between 36,400-61,200 deaths from the flu.

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