Subscribe | E-Editions | River News 75 | Super Shopper - FREE | About Us | Contact Us | FREE Classified Items Under $50
The Northwoods River News | Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Flanders Realty Group

home : community : community news
January 26, 2020

11/23/2019 7:30:00 AM
Pregnant women and the flu

Many pregnant women are not getting the flu vaccine and it's putting themselves and their babies at risk, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Because pregnant women are at high risk of complications from the flu, the CDC recommends they get a flu shot. Vaccination has been shown to reduce the risk of flu-associated acute respiratory infection in pregnant women, according to an Ascension Medical Group press release.

"With the flu now spreading across the country, the CDC recommends that all pregnant women get a flu vaccine during any trimester of their pregnancy," said Elizabeth Lambert, APRN-CNP, with Ascension Medical Group. "Flu can range from mild to severe, but it's especially risky for pregnant women. Pregnant women suspected of having influenza should seek prompt treatment with antiviral medications."

According to the CDC, flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women of child-bearing age who are not pregnant.

Changes in the immune system, heart, and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women (and women up to two weeks postpartum) more prone to severe illness from flu, including illness resulting in hospitalization, the release states. Flu also may be harmful for a pregnant woman's developing baby.

"A common flu symptom is fever, which may be associated with neural tube defects and other adverse outcomes for a developing baby," said Lambert. "Getting vaccinated also can help protect a baby after birth from flu as mom can pass antibodies onto the developing baby during her pregnancy."

In addition to getting a flu shot, pregnant women should take the same everyday preventive actions the CDC recommends of everyone, including covering coughs, washing hands often, and avoiding people who are sick. Breastfeeding also has many benefits, including helping to protect infants from infections like flu.

Clinicians at Ascension Medical Group urge all individuals six months or older to get a flu shot, especially if you are pregnant. To speak with an Ascension Medical Group clinician about flu shots and pregnancy, call 715-361-4560 or visit

Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, and meet the comment guidelines (see "Comment Guidelines" at right). There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number and email address is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search
search sponsored by

Subscription Login

Today's Circulars
Print-N-Save Coupons
Order photo reprints

Advertising Information

Community Connections
Submit to Newspaper...

Ced Vig's books for sale
Kris Gilbertson's 'I Recall...'


Facebook | All Things | Wisconsin Lottery | The Lakeland Times - affiliate | Winter Road Conditions | Snow/Trail Conditions

The Northwoods River News | Walker Communications, LLC
232 S. Courtney Street, Rhinelander, WI 54501 | Office (715) 365-6397 | Fax (715) 365-6361

Corporate billing office: The Lakeland Times / Lakeland Printing Inc. | P.O. Box 790, Minocqua, WI 54548 | (715) 356-5236 | Fax (715) 358-2121
Members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Community Papers, Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce

Site Design and Content | Copyright 2020 1up!

Software © 1998-2020 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved