Pregnancy And Flu Influenza:
Influenza or flu, is a respiratory illness that is caused by a virus. It’s an infection that causes fever, chills, cough, body aches, headaches, and sometimes sinus issues.
The flu is a viral infection triggered by a certain RNA viruses. This virus belongs to the Orthomyxoviridae family (influenzavirus A, B, and C).The flu can be especially dangerous for pregnant women if not treated properly.
The flu can make you very sick and it’s harmful for the fetus.Due to pregnancy hormonal changes affects your body and immune system.
The immune system is lowered slightly in order for to stop a pregnant woman’s body from rejecting the unborn baby. Your immune system is suppressed and your body becomes more susceptible to infections.
The influenza virus usually takes about 3-5 days to grow in your body and cause detectable symptoms.
There are many risks associated with pregnancy and flu influenza:
Pregnancy And Flu Influenza Risk:
There are many things you can do to prevent the flue while pregnant:
The influenza season runs as early Oct to May it’s highly recommended to get vaccinated before the season starts. Having the influenza shot helps to prevent to get the flu during pregnancy.
The flu shot has been given a clear path to take during any of the trimester of pregnancy. Before taking the shot make sure to speak with your doctor to talk about any side effects.
No, you will not get the flu from the flu vaccine. Most people who receive the flu vaccine end up getting the flu they blamed it on the vaccine. It takes a week or two to get protection from the vaccine. They were going to get sick either way.
The adverse reactions after taking the vaccines are minimal. Some women experience mild effects such as:
The flu shot is relatively low cost between $5 to $10 dollars.
During pregnancy the flu is diagnosed grounded on the symptoms. At times your doctor, might run influenza tests to confirm if you have the flu.
Here are a couple of home remedies for the flu:
It’s highly recommended to speak with your doctor before taking any medication. Your doctor might highly recommend over the counter medications like paracetamol (Tylenol) since its safe to take during pregnancy.
The flu usually can last anywhere from a few days to a week.
Most of the time, you will become contagious about 24 to 72 hours after contracting the influenza virus and remain that way for up to five days after the onset of symptoms.
Pregnancy And Flu Influenza, when to call the doctor:
The ICD-9 code used for indicating flu is 487
ICD-10 codes are J10 and J11
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