Lexington-Fayette County Health Dept. offering free flu shots on Thursday

Henrietta Strickland
October 10, 2019

For Moms: The flu shot is also crucial for a pregnant woman's health, given that expectant moms are more than twice as likely to be hospitalized if they come down with the flu.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu vaccines can not cause flu illness.

When you get the flu shot, the vaccine contains an inactivated virus that can not give you influenza.

Likewise, the authors said that Tdap vaccine in the third trimester is 78% effective at preventing cases of pertussis and 91% effective in preventing pertussis among infants younger than age 6 months.

A short delay doesn't doom you to getting the flu though, health experts say.

The flu can be a serious disease, and an infection can carry a risk of serious complications. Specifically, they found that 65 percent of pregnant women in the USA have not received both influenza (flu) and whooping cough vaccines. "The special clinic lets us test our emergency preparedness skills by giving a large amount of shots in a short amount of time".

'The flu vaccine doesn't contain any live flu virus, so it can't possibly cause the flu.

'It's called a quadrivalent vaccine, so it has the four types that the WHO or the World Health Organization has advised are most likely to be circulating. Getting these two important vaccinations during pregnancy is critical. That's because pregnant women who get vaccinated develop antibodies that are then passed on to their baby, protecting the infant in the first few months of life before they can get their own vaccines.

For adults, studies have not shown any benefits from getting more than one dose of the vaccine during the flu season.

'I suppose one thing to say over the last three seasons, we have seen an increase across all categories of healthcare workers but I would say it isn't high enough.

Only about a third of pregnant women said they received both the flu shot and the tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccines during pregnancy, though both vaccines have been proven safe and effective for pregnant women, CDC researchers said.

The CDC actually recommends that people get vaccinated by the end of October. For example, children younger than 6 months of age are too young to get a flu shot. If this is the case, you'll want to be sure you're vaccinated to prevent the chance of getting sick.

"Although some vaccination programs may need to adjust their timing to accommodate a somewhat later than usual delivery of vaccine, health professionals at all levels of government are working together to minimize any potential impacts", wrote a spokesperson in an email.

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Seán O'Rourke, the Interim Director of the HSE's Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Dr John Cuddihy, answered commonly asked questions about the flu vaccine.

There are also a number of other steps that can protect you like washing your hands frequently, cover a cough/sneeze with a tissue or your elbow, don't share dishes or utensils and avoid people who have the flu.

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