(Because… Swine Flu is Scary)
Is it advisable for pregnant women to get the 2009 H1N1 Flu Vaccine?
Pregnant women are at a greater risk of complications due to infection with swine flu. The CDC recommends all pregnant women be vaccinated. The swine flu vaccine is a separate flu vaccine from the seasonal flu shot.
Is it OK for a pregnant woman to receive the Flu Mist nasal spray?
It is not recommended for pregnant women to use the nasal spray since it is a weakened live virus. Only the vaccine, which is a killed virus should be given in pregnancy.
Is the flu vaccine dangerous for pregnant women?
The H1N1 vaccine is similar to all the other flu vaccines that have been given in the past to pregnant women and does not have any increased side effects.
Will I get the flu from the vaccine?
You will not get the flu from the vaccine. Generally mild side effects can include headache, muscle aches where shot was given, fever, and nausea and rarely an allergic reaction can occur (should not be given to people who are allergic to eggs).
Should I take acetaminophen prior to taking the flu vaccine?
Prophylactic acetaminophen to prevent side effects from the vaccine has reduced the immune response in infants who have received other types of vaccines such as pneumococcal disease, Haemophilus influenza, diphtheria, and tetanus. Therefore , it is not recommended to use antipyretic drugs routinely.
Can seasonal flu vaccine and H1N1 flu vaccine be given at the same time?
Yes, it is possible to give both vaccines at the same time but separate sites on the body should be used.
What trimester is it safe to give the vaccine?
Any trimester is safe for the H1N1 vaccine.
If I am breastfeeding can I get the flu vaccine?
Breastfeeding moms can get the flu vaccine for both their own protection and the protection of their newborn who will receive the antibodies made from mom that is transported into breast milk.
How long is a person infectious after contracting swine flu?
It has been found that people infected with swine flu shed virus longer than expected. People should wait at least 3 or 4 days after symptoms resolve before resuming normal activities and exposure to other people.