With the topic of the flu front and center in everyone’s mind I thought it would be fitting to share some information, quality information, to help pregnant women make their decision for or against the flu shot this season. The one thing I want to be sure to convey is that even as a public health educator I don’t claim to have all the answers about what choices women should make during pregnancy. The best advice I can offer to my client’s is this…you do have options so know your stuff and choose wisely.
It’s unfortunate that a lot of fear mongering and guilt tripping exists in our medical system. This can be especially true when it comes to woman having total access to the facts related to prenatal care and birth. Many come in already fearful of the birth process and all the controversy about the flu vaccine simple causes more stress.
With this in mind coming upon this recent blog post by Aviva Romm about the flu vaccine and pregnant women was a gold mine. What’s a Pregnant Mom to Do? Flu Vaccine in Pregnancy posted December 12, 2012.
This blog post highlights the recommendations from the CDC and ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist) and breaks them down to deliver the facts behind the hype. The information is excellent not only for its intended audience, but it educates the public about the flu, the flu vaccine and the importance of making informed health decisions based on sound science.