September 24th, 2014
It’s that time of year where days are getting shorter, flip flops and t-shirts are replaced by jackets and boots, leaves are starting to change color and pumpkin flavored everything is in full force. All clear indications that fall and winter seasons are upon us.
These signs are not just indicative of winter and fall. They are also signs that flu season is also approaching. There is no clear indicator for when flu season will begin and end, but flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February and can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May, according to the CDC. In 2014, the CDC also calculated that there were nearly 10,000 flu hospitalizations. And as the seasons begin to change, year after year, the importance of getting a flu shot remains a constant, especially for expecting mothers.
The flu is more likely to cause severe illness in expecting mothers than for women who are not pregnant. During pregnancy, things like changes in the immune system, heart, and lungs can make pregnant women more prone to severe illness from flu. Getting a flu shot can be an important step in protecting against flu.