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October 19, 2013

Mother urges other expectant mothers to get flu shots

Rhoads survives near-death H1N1 scare

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Caring for Kian is a full-time round the clock job for Megan and her family. “But he’s almost always smiling,” she said. “And it’s really helped his brother, Kobe, be more accepting of people. He’s so proud to be Kian’s brother.”

Megan’s doctor had offered her the option of getting the flu vaccine but she chose to opt out. “I had never got the flu shot before and I just didn’t think it was important at the time,” said Megan.

While no one knows for sure, Megan said that doctors as well as she and her family now believe her case wouldn’t not have been so profound had she taken the vaccine.

“Our mission is to tell people, especially pregnant women, how important it is to get that flu shot. You never know what could happen,” said Dave.

The Centers for Disease Control website said that pregnant women are more likely to become severely ill from the flu due to changes in the immune system, heart and lungs during pregnancy. Pregnant women also have a greater chance of serious problems such as premature labor and delivery for their unborn babies.

Current flu vaccines protect not only the mother but their unborn baby and the baby after birth.

The CDC site also said that the flu vaccine will not cause any harm to the baby and that even breastfeeding mother’s should be vaccinated. Preventing the flu in the mother is very important since children under the age of six months cannot be vaccinated.

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