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New Mom Care - The Flu

By Michele Scott

"The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the flu vaccine each year for just about everyone, including babies who are at least 6 months old. Changes in the immune system, heart and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women and women up to two weeks postpartum more prone to severe illness from the flu, including illness resulting in hospitalization. Flu also may be harmful for a pregnant woman’s developing baby.”

Scary quotes from the medical community – yet it is the same message we are hearing from news and media outlets. Researchers chronicle a long record of safety for flu shots in pregnant women, however the CDC reports in 2015-2016, only 67.6% of pregnant women received provider recommendation and offer of a flu shot, and only 49.9% received vaccination coverage. Despite more media coverage, more strings of the virus, more hospitalizations and a record number of deaths, the overall percentages are similar to the 2014-2015 (50.3%) and 2013-2014 (52.2%) flu seasons. In 2015-2016, 14.1% of pregnant women were vaccinated before pregnancy and 35.8% during pregnancy.

Most of you will agree, when mom is sick, especially single moms, chaos erupts throughout the household. You’ll also agree, if mom fails to stop and take care of herself, the situation escalates. Whether a stay-at-home mom, working mom or something in between, if you are sick things may not return to normal for days, even weeks. Although 24-36 hours under a doctor’s care could make a world of difference, most moms, new and seasoned, put everyone’s needs before her own; until she can hang-on no longer.  

The sick mom of a disabled child encompasses multiple struggles. A sick mom who is care-giver to an elderly or bedridden family member encounters even more. If the flu bug invades your home, call Home Helpers New Mom Care for help, guidance and support. Whether it’s flu, cold symptoms, a virus or other pathogen, separating infected family members from pregnant, post-partum mothers and newborns is a must. Who will care for the family, prepare meals, run errands, do the shopping, the laundry and take little Johnny to practice? Home Helpers New Mom Care will do it all. Our caregivers bring medical knowledge and routine household proficiency to every home and client. We provide nursing, newborn, pregnant, post-partum, child, senior and disabled care.

Following recommendations from the CDC is up to you, your family and primary care physician. We are here to provide support, guidance and skilled nursing care throughout the flu season and beyond. Don’t try and do it alone. Take care of yourself, your newborn and your family. Call Home Helpers New Mom Care to learn more.