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Baby and Flu

Protect baby from flu

Getting the flu while you are pregnant can be dangerous for you and your baby. Changes in your immune system, heart and lungs during pregnancy mean you are more prone to severe illness from flu and more likely to end up in hospital if you do catch the flu.

Newborn babies can’t have a flu vaccination until they are 6 months old. If you have a flu shot during pregnancy, this can protect your baby until they are old enough to get their own flu vaccination.

The flu shot is safe for pregnant women. You can have the flu shot at any stage of your pregnancy. Talk to your doctor today. 

Did you know?

  • Getting the flu can cause serious problems when you are pregnant.
  • Even if you are generally healthy, changes in immune, heart, and lung functions during pregnancy make you more likely to get severely ill from the flu.
  • Pregnant women who get the flu are at higher risk of hospitalisation, and even death, than non-pregnant women.
  • Severe illness during your pregnancy can also be dangerous to your developing baby because it increases the chance for significant problems, such as premature labour and delivery.

Flu shots are free for:

  • Pregnant women
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (aged 6 months to 5 years and those over 15)
  • People over 65
  • People with chronic conditions

The Flu. It’s not just about you.

Cold or flu? - infographic

Infographic courtesy of Healthdirect Australia.


Sources:
Health NSW
Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

References:
http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/Influenza/Pages/influenza_and_pregnancy.aspx
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/pregnant.htm

Each year influenza causes over 18,000 hospitalisations and more than 3,000 deaths among Australians aged over 50 years. Even if you’re fit and healthy you can pass the flu onto someone you love.

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