In addition to getting their annual flu shot, pregnant women can lower the risk of catching influenza by limiting contact with others who are sick, coughing or sneezing into a tissue or an arm, not touching the eyes, nose, and mouth, washing hands with soap and water before touching others, using sanitizers, using hot, soapy water or a dishwasher to wash dishes and utensils, and not sharing dishes, glasses, utensils, or toothbrush. Also, those who live with pregnant women, or are in close contact with them, should be immunized.
Unimmunized pregnant women who develop influenza infection symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, and cough should contact their health providers as soon as possible to begin the treatment.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com.