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Flu season….How to keep it away from you and your baby…

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Women who are pregnant are more likely to get colds and  flu because their immune system is much lower than when they weren’t pregnant.  Flu symptoms tend to be much worse in pregnant women….so….

What can I do to protect myself, my baby and my family?

Take these everyday steps to help prevent the spread of germs and protect your health:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or flu2sneeze into your sleeve. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

 

flu1Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based gel hand cleaners are also good to use.

     

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

     

    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. (If you are pregnant and you live or have close contact with someone who has H1N1 flu, talk to your doctor about medicines to prevent flu.)

     

    • Have a plan to care for sick family members.

     

    • Stock up on household, health, and emergency supplies, such as water, Tylenol®, non-perishable foods.

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    Stay healthy…your baby depends on it!

     
    Learn more about the flu and being pregnant here
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