Additionally, only approximately 75% of pregnant women reported having received a recommendation from their physician to get the 2 vaccines, indicating an important role for health care providers in counseling patients on immunizations, the article reported.
That's not true, according to the health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"While it is true that some people, after they receive a flu vaccination, feel a bit achy or not well for a couple of days", Felix said, "I encourage them that it's their immune system working to develop the antibodies to the flu". The report found that pregnant women account for about a quarter to a third of women of reproductive age who are hospitalized for influenza - even though only about 9% of women in that age group are pregnant in any given year.
John Silvernail, the Pitt County Public Health Director, said, "The peak of flu season generally happens right after the holidays; so, late December, early January". Expecting moms who receive this vaccine in the third trimester help lower the risk that their newborn will get whooping cough by 78 percent.
Distribution and production delays from manufacturers have caused some uncertainty when it comes to this year's flu season. Some places will even offer the flu shot for free, so make sure to check in with local clinics, libraries, and town halls to see if there's one available near you.
Outside of the immediate health risks facing the mother, a primary concern for the CDC is the effect of influenza and whooping cough on babies.
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The flu can be a serious disease, and an infection can carry a risk of serious complications. It included questions about whether the women's health care providers recommended the vaccines and whether the women agreed to get vaccinated.
About 20 babies have died of whooping cough each year in the U.S. since 2010. For example, children younger than 6 months of age are too young to get a flu shot. The top reason for not getting vaccinated against influenza was the belief the vaccine wasn't effective.
"There's a lot of different areas of health and there's a lot of things available to them that they might not know about", Fisher said.
Jamieson said women were generally more likely to accept the Tdap vaccine, possibly because it is newer so there are fewer misconceptions about it. "It's basically the high risk population that is eligible to get the vaccine initially".
And finally, Dr. Chow says anyone who's had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS, a severe paralyzing illness), may not want to get the shot.