Flu vaccine saves unborn babies: DAK
STATE TIMES NEWS
SRINAGAR: Urging expectant mothers to get flu shots Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Monday said this is the best way pregnant women can protect their unborn babies.
President DAK and flu expert, Dr Nisar ul Hassan, in a statement, said flu vaccine in pregnancy saves infants from dying in the womb.
Mother’s flu shot protects her baby for up to six months after he/she is born, he said adding that this is important because babies younger than six months can’t get vaccinated.
“The risk of premature labour and delivery increases when pregnant women catch flu and there is a greater chance of their babies having birth defects,” he mentioned.
The easiest way for pregnant women to protect themselves, their developing babies and their newborn babies is by way of a simple flu jab, he suggested.
Unfortunately, he said, majority of the pregnant women in Kashmir go unvaccinated, missing out these benefits.