Pregnant women are among the populations vulnerable to the flu virus. Also, vaccination against influenza remains the first protection for pregnant women and their fetus. For this winter season, the vaccine will be available from October 18.
The vaccination campaign against flu for winter 2022-2023 begins on October 18, and is in the first instance reserved for the most fragile people. The pregnant women are thus invited to be vaccinated as a priority. Indeed, the Pregnant women are vulnerable to the flu virus and the complications that this can cause for the mother and her fetus. This is why the High Council for Public Health has recommended, since 2012, the routine vaccination for pregnant women , regardless of the stage of their pregnancy.
Pregnant women can get the flu shot from their midwife. Of course, doctors and nurses are also authorized to do so, as are pharmacists. On a voluntary basis, the latter are effectively able to vaccinate within their own pharmacy the people targeted by the vaccination recommendations. If you have received your health insurance voucher, you can pick up the vaccine on simple presentation of the voucher, or you can get vaccinated directly on the spot if the pharmacist practices it.
Ideally, 'It is recommended that expectant mothers get vaccinated in october , before the arrival of the epidemic, to prevent the serious respiratory complications that affect pregnant women more frequently. By getting vaccinated, they thus protect their newborns during the first months of life ' , specifies Véronique Houfflin-Debarge, gynecologist-obstetrician at the Jeanne de Flandre maternity hospital in Lille.
To encourage future mothers to come and be vaccinated, the Health Insurance has developed a simplified vaccination circuit: Vaccination is free for pregnant women and therefore 100% covered by Health Insurance . The vaccine can be obtained from a pharmacy on simple presentation of the voucher provided by your doctor or midwife who can then proceed with your vaccination.
The hospitalizations are up to 7 times more common among pregnant women than in a population of the same age, in particular due to the occurrence of respiratory and/or cardiac complications. This acute respiratory infection usually results in a strong tiredness and an intense fever (about 39°C), as well as a dry cough , aches and headaches. Pregnant women with a higher risk of bacterial infection are particularly vulnerable. And especially in the face of risk of miscarriage . Therefore, they should not hesitate to consult their doctor or gynecologist if any of these symptoms occur, in order to limit the risk of complications during pregnancy. He will then be able to establish a diagnosis thanks to a nasal swab and offer antiviral treatment to the future mother according to her state of health.
There's no point in panicking. Nevertheless, it is important not to wait too long before consulting your doctor. Indeed, early treatment in the event of flu during pregnancy helps to limit respiratory complications and to treat pregnant women more effectively. This is particularly the case for treatment with Tamiflu, which is prescribed within 48 hours of the appearance of the first flu symptoms. In addition, the High Council for Public Health recommends that expectant mothers get a flu shot to prevent risk. The vaccine thus makes it possible to prolong the immunity of the pregnant woman while protecting the newborn until the age of six months .
In order to avoid the transmission of the disease, the Ministry of Health recalls some hygiene measures. Sick people are asked to limit contact with the most fragile, to cover their mouth and nose in case of sneezing or coughing and to blow their nose in single-use paper tissues. If pregnant, it is recommended to avoid crowded areas during a flu epidemic and do not approach contagious people . Wash your hands regularly with soap and water (or failing that with a hydroalcoholic solution), and protect yourself with a surgical mask in the presence of other sick people , make it possible in particular to prevent the risk of transmission of the flu.Source journaldesfemmes.fr