Influenza, that is, flu epidemics, are infections that are common in the winter months and can lead to serious consequences if left untreated. The only and most effective way to prevent the flu and the serious complications it causes is the flu vaccine.
The American Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices specified the target audience for the flu vaccine as follows:
1- Over 65 years old
2- Those who have chronic diseases regardless of their age (Asthma, Diabetes, etc.)
3- Those who are in contact with people at high risk (Healthcare personnel)
4- Pregnant women who coincide with the epidemic period in the 2nd OR 3rd TRIMESTER OF THE PREGNANCY.
Physiological changes in heart rate, amount of blood pumped by the heart, oxygen consumption, lung capacity and immune system during pregnancy increase the likelihood of flu-related complications. For these reasons; The American Center for Disease Control recommends all pregnant women who will be in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of the flu period to have the flu vaccine. Although the flu vaccine is safe in all periods of pregnancy, it is not recommended in the first trimester (first three months) due to the tradition of avoiding drug use unless it is very necessary. Finally, we recommend doing it.
*Can a Breastfeeding Mother Get Vaccinated?
Yes, there is no harm in getting the flu vaccine for the breastfeeding mother.
* What Months of the Year Are the Best Time for Vaccination?
The most suitable period is October and November. However, in pregnant women who are in the first 3 months of their pregnancy during these months, the vaccine can be delayed until the end of the third month.
* Who Cannot Do?
It cannot be administered to the substances contained in the vaccine, and especially to those with severe egg allergies.