A horrible tragedy. The woman dies.
Originally published Jan 23, 2014
A pregnant woman and her husband contract the flu. He recovers, she has serious complications. She miscarries the baby and may not survive herself. Why? Because she got bad advice about getting a flu shot during pregnancy.
Chris Creekmore said he and his wife had researched tips for healthy pregnancies, and they had come across a recommendation to avoid the flu vaccine in the first trimester of pregnancy. He said he asked his wife’s OB-GYN in Arkansas in October about the matter, and the doctor told them he was wary of giving flu shots during the first trimester.
“I for one don’t count it as a screw-up on his end or anything like that,” Chris Creekmore said of the doctor who advised delaying the flu shot.
The couple did not know that this guidance runs counter to federal health recommendations.
Any pregnant woman should get a flu shot to protect against serious complications as soon as the yearly vaccine becomes available in her area, advises the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website flu.gov.
This is terrible. Please spread the word about this story. I hope doctors also see it. Were they misinformed? Did they not “get the memo”? I can’t say. But it is disturbing that the doctor did not know the current recommendations. He must treat many pregnant women.
This flu year seems particularly awful (maybe I’m just noticing the stories). Healthy people are dying.
Tip: Steve Liberace