Does the flu jab give me a mild dose of the flu? It has been given to pregnant women for almost 60 years in the US. Why do social services want to check on me after I’ve had the baby? Please let us know how we can improve it.
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is caused by a highly contagious virus spread primarily through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms of influenza usually occur 1 to 3 days after infection and may include sudden onset of fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, severe tiredness and loss of appetite. Complications may include pneumonia, worsening of other illnesses, and death. Pregnant women who get influenza are at higher risk of hospitalisation, and even death, than non-pregnant women.
The flu and the flu vaccine are no exceptions. Will I find out straight away if I have miscarried? Getting vaccinated against the flu during pregnancy has benefits for your baby as well. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here. If you do have flu, there’s a prescribed medicine you can take that might help, or reduce your risk of complications, but it needs to be taken very soon after symptoms appear.