Pregnant women are often told to take extra care and precautions as they have another life growing inside of them. It becomes a priority to be healthy and safe. According to the World Health Organization, pregnant women are at a risk of severe flu. Vaccines train and prepare the body’s natural defenses, the immune system to fight against particular bacteria, viruses, or diseases. Influenza vaccination given during pregnancy protects both the mother and the baby for several months after birth, from the infection caused by the seasonal virus. It is not an option but a necessity.
During the covid pandemic it is more important to protect you and your baby against flu. Along with you the fetus can also catch the flu and may even be hazardous.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, seek immediate medical care:
- Fever and cough that improves but then returns and worsens.
- Loss of speech or mobility.
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Not urinating
- Severe muscle pain
- Dizziness and confusion
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Decreased or no movement of baby
Precautions To Follow To Prevent COVID-19:
- Clean your hands frequently- we touch unknown objects very frequently like doorknobs, windows, table or chairs, and the germs can be transferred easily through these objects to your hands. It is important to wash or sanitise hands properly after you touch any unknown object, before and after you touch your mask.
- Keep at least 1 meter distance from everybody- the virus can be easily transmitted through air from an infected person to any healthy person. It is important to maintain distance to avoid the spread.
- Wear a mask when 1 meter away from others- A mask is a barrier that stops the infectious droplets from spreading from an infected person to a healthy individual.
- Cough or sneeze into a bent elbow or tissue- this is stop the virus from spreading into air.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth- the virus could infect other body parts by coming in contact through touch.
- Avoid crowded public gatherings or activities- crowded places have a high chance of contamination, so it’s better to avoid them.
- Open window because The virus spreads faster in poorly ventilated spaces because the infected aerosols or particles are freely suspended and passed between people.
Over To You:
Ask your healthcare provider whether a flu vaccine is right for you, and then only go for it.