Too Few Pregnant Women Getting Flu, Tdap Vax — CDC

Most Pregnant Women Are Not Getting Vaccinated & That's a Major Problem

CDC: Too Few Pregnant Women Getting Flu, Tdap Vax

"A lot of people think you can get the flu from the flu vaccine", Bender said, "but it is not a live vaccine so you cannot".

It wasn't a typical flu season, experts said. "We had an unprecedented event with one virus dominating the season early on, then it abated, then another strain came along, making this a double-barrel season that we hadn't seen before and also making it rather prolonged". Learn why this correlates. "There are many ways that this flu season may pan out", he said. Unfortunately, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and doctors around the country predict a bad flu season this year.

"Explain the benefit of vaccination and the risks of not getting vaccinated", she said, adding that "high-quality scientific studies" have proven the safety and effectiveness of vaccines during pregnancy.

Health officials administered hundreds of flu vaccines at no cost to the public. He said it represents a paradigm shift in flu predictions for the federal agency, which now relies on reports from public health agencies that are usually a few weeks old. You can get a shot or get it injected with a nasal spray.

The CDC called last year's flu season length a record breaker lasting from October until May.

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Flu and whooping cough are not fatal to most healthy adults but kills children under five in the U.S. every year.

In response, Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Axios' Eileen Drage O'Reilly that USA residents should "g$3 et the [flu] vaccine early". This is because they have compromised immune systems. Only 35 percent pregnant women get vaccinated and further only around half of these women receive both the shots. Flu also can make chronic health problems worse.

Tracking flu activity in your area can help prevent you from getting sick. Still, it shows an increased risk for others this year.

With winter on the doorstep, it's time for your annual flu shot.

"Most people get an inactive grade of vaccine". But older adults may want to schedule their vaccination for sometime in October.

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He says it takes a few weeks to build immunity.

What can you do to protect yourself?

Previous year it was around 29 percent effective.

And for the sake of those around you, stay home from work or school if you are sick. Don't spend time around infected individuals. A vaccine information statement, consent form, link to online registration and maps of both locations are available at

"The vaccine helps you produce antibodies that fight the flu infection and can help prevent flu from occurring", he says. Normal side effects incorporate fever, body throbs, fatigue, coughing and sore throat. Even if it doesn't offer full protection, it can make symptoms less severe if you do end up catching a bug.

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