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Flu season is coming—get ready to vaccinate

Pregnant women and newborns are particularly vulnerable to the flu and its complications. Health guidelines recommend a flu shot during pregnancy, which is safe for both mom and developing baby. A recent study published in the journal Vaccine even says that … Continue reading

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Flu shots help you—and your newborn

Flu shot time is here, but that doesn’t include newborns and infants younger than six months of age, for whom flu shots are not approved. But moms-to-be can still help their newborns avoid the flu, because a flu shot during … Continue reading

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An early plug for flu shots

The best time to get your yearly flu shot is in the fall, but news this spring may help convince women trying to get pregnant to get immunized in October. A recent study found that a seasonal flu shot may … Continue reading

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Soap up during cold and flu season

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs that cause colds and flu is also the simplest. Regular hand washing has been shown to reduce infection significantly. Many people think that using an antibacterial soap is more … Continue reading

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Flu shots a must for moms-to-be

Catching the flu early in pregnancy doubles the risk of having a baby with a serious birth defect, which is why getting a flu shot is so important for women who are expecting, the March of Dimes warns. But despite … Continue reading

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Kids’ flu shot guidelines

As flu season approaches, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its recommendations to urge annual flu vaccinations to protect children from this common and unpredictable virus, which can cause serious health problems for otherwise healthy children. The AAP … Continue reading

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Early fall is the best time for a flu shot

Fall means foliage, football—and flu shots. A new study finds that flu vaccines are best administered early in the autumn. The research included more than 1,700 Americans of all ages for four flu seasons, from 2010–2011 through 2013–2014. “Those who … Continue reading

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Pregnant women actually get sicker from the flu

Expectant mothers have an unusually strong immune response to influenza, new research from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford has found. The unexpected finding may explain why pregnant women get sicker from the flu than other healthy … Continue reading

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Yes—you need a flu shot this fall

A group representing U.S. obstetricians is calling for all pregnant women to get flu shots. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), several studies released in recent years have upheld the safety and effectiveness of flu vaccination during pregnancy.

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