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Health Tip: If You Get the Flu While Pregnant
Last Updated: 10/09/2019
All women should get the annual flu vaccine, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises.
If you do develop the flu while pregnant, the CDC suggests:
- Begin treatment as soon as possible. Antiviral drugs work best when started within 48 hours of symptoms.
- Antiviral drugs may diminish symptoms, make you feel better faster and help prevent serious complications for you and baby.
- Your doctor may suggest taking oral oseltamivir, which has been studied thoroughly.
- Fever during pregnancy has been linked to increased risk of birth defects. So if you develop a fever, contact your doctor immediately.
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