Pregnancy: Swine Flu and the H1N1 Vaccine - Experience
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Is it safe for pregnant women to get a flu shot?
The seasonal flu shot has been given to millions of pregnant women over many
years. Flu shots have not been shown to cause harm to pregnant women or their
babies. The 2009 H1N1 flu shot is made in the same way and in the same places as
the seasonal flu shot. It is very important for pregnant women to get both the
seasonal flu shot and the 2009 H1N1 flu shot.
Who else should get a flu shot?
Anybody who will be taking care of babies younger than 6 months of age should
get a seasonal flu shot and a 2009 H1N1 flu shot to protect against the flu.
This includes you and any family members or other people who will be caring for
your baby for the first 6 months of his or her life.
What else can I do?
Take these everyday steps to help prevent the spread of germs and protect
your health and the health of your family:
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or sneeze
into your sleeve. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, especially after you cough or
sneeze. If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based hand rub can be
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
If there is 2009 H1N1 flu in your community, pay extra attention to your body
and how you are feeling. If you think you have the flu, call your doctor or
clinic right away.
If you are pregnant and you live with or have close contact with someone who
has 2009 H1N1 flu, talk with your doctor about medicines to prevent flu.
Have a plan for someone else to take care of a sick family member.
Stock up on household, health, and emergency supplies, such as
(Tylenol®), water, and non-perishable foods.