According to the Florida Health Department, Hillsborough County reported the highest number of influenza cases in the state. In a news story from Fox13, reporters found several pregnant women have been hospitalized with the flu and at least one of them is in intensive care at a hospital in our hometown, Tampa.
To make matters worse pregnant women’s immune systems are more vulnerable to illness in general. In addition pregnant women who get the flu have a greater chance of developing serious problems for their unborn baby including premature labor and delivery.
If you are pregnant and experience flu like symptoms make sure to visit a doctor as soon as possible. Also, make sure to drink plenty of fluids.
But before you rush off to the doctor you might want to know the difference between the flu and the common cold. Those who get the common cold usually experience a runny nose and/ or coughing but the flu has these symptoms and a few more. With the flu you usually have a fever which is also accompanied by achiness.
For children and parents who haven’t received their shot I cannot stress how important it is not only for your health but for those around you. Since babies under 6 months of age cannot be vaccinated against the flu, its important that everyone gets the shot. Dr. Catherine Lynch, the Medical Director of Obstetrics at Tampa General Hospital, said in a news report “They need to get the vaccine to help those who are vulnerable and can’t perhaps get the vaccine.”
Ways to avoid getting sick:
- The best way to avoid getting the flu is to get a flu shot as soon as possible since it takes a couple of weeks for immunity to develop after you get the vaccine.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Don’t cough or sneeze into your bare hands.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Regularly wipe down surfaces at home.
- Stay away from people who are sick.
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