Flu Vaccination can help Your Baby

red_alert.jpgDespite modern medical advances, in today’s world 1 in every 13 premature babies dies. Images and stories abound regarding those who survive, but the odds are actually high that a premature baby will die, causing the parents and family tremendous grief. Often baby loss – be it miscarriage, stillbirth or post-natal death – can not be avoided or prevented. And babies die more often than you might think. But the good news is that are some things we can do to help prevent loss and grief, so why not consider doing them?


For example, when winter is approaching, pregnant women might want to consider getting a flu shot. The NSW Health Department (Australia) has recently issued its annual warning: “The risk of premature labour and delivery is increased in pregnant women with influenza”.


NSW Health has urged all pregnant women to get flu shots ahead of winter. Senior Clinical Adviser of Obstetrics, Associate Professor Michael Nicholl, also warned that women in their second and third trimester of pregnancy are at greater risk of severe illness from influenza.


“Having a vaccination during pregnancy has shown to benefit mum and baby with protective antibodies being transferred from mum, protecting the baby for up to six months,” Nicholl said.


So not only does an influenza shot help reduce the risk of premature labour and birth, but it also helps to keep you and your baby well. Find out more about flu vaccinations by talking to your doctor today.

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