Mothers Against Influenza – A Jab of Good Health

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In 2011 when the self-test showed up with positive lines, my whole world turned beautiful. Jitters for the first time, along with early symptoms made it a roller coaster ride. High on adrenalin & scary at the same time. Visit Doctor confirmed a tiny human has hijacked my body and developing at a good speed. Few experiences in life are beyond words, this is one such occurrence.

First-time pregnancy brought many new experiences, I recall going for a series of medical tests then. Results showed no sign of distress, everything was good & normal. However, that was the same time my good Doctor advised for a few vaccinations. Vaccinations – but why? All I knew back then was, ‘No Medicine No Vaccination to an early pregnant woman! Oh, how wrong I was, and thank heavens my Doctor did not budge from his advice. ‘I took Influenza Vaccine in the first trimester of pregnancy.’

I recently got an opportunity to attend an Influenza Awareness Bloggers meet – #MomVsFlu. This occasion brought some very crucial take-home points for everyone. Dr. Uday Pai a well-known pediatrician and Dr. Mukesh Gupta practicing Gynaecologist/ Obstetrician shared their valuable insights on Why we Mothers should fight against Influenza. Mothers Against Influenza.

Influenza (FLU) – Causes &Damage

Do you know a simple cough or a sneeze could be fatal if you are a child under 5 years, a pregnant woman or elderly person? Yes, that’s correct! Influenza which is commonly known as FLU is a HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS infection which can spread as rampant as wild-fire.

Last year, when my daughter came back home from school she had a runny nose. I gave her a normal concoction of ‘gharelu-nuskha’ (homemade medicine), and a simple dose of paracetamol. However, by midnight her fever crossed all thresholds. Highest recorded at 104 degrees, we rushed to the emergency ward of a multi-specialty hospital. Preliminary tests confirmed it’s outbreak of H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu). Mind it, she just had a runny nose. Shocked beyond belief, as all her vaccinations were on time. Hospitalized in isolation for good 5 days and guess what – I was next in line. Luckily for me, the doctor gauged before it could reach the worst, and started medication.

Experts explained that though all her vaccinations were given on time, we missed the precautionary FLU Vaccine this year. I recall in 2016 when the SWINE Flu outbreak covered in newspapers & TV channels, we got ourselves vaccinated against FLU. However, this time we misjudged its duration. Lesson learned the hard way, we are now standing firmly against Influenza (FLU) and aim to spread information about Influenza.

Symptoms & High-risk factors for Influenza (Flu)

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As I mentioned above, daughter showed only a runny nose before the outbreak of Flu. Hence, the symptoms are as clueless as the common cold.

  • Fever
  • Body Chills
  • A cough or a Sore Throat
  • Runny & Blocked (stuffy) Nose
  • Tiredness
  • Body aches or Headaches

Children – below the age of 5 years are at higher risk, as in our case daughter was 4 years and probably got the flu from her school. Schools are the breeding grounds for the majority of flu viruses, for the obvious reasons. Central air-conditioned classrooms leave no room for fresh air, and if one child is carrying infection the class is vulnerable to flu. Hence, getting children vaccinated against Flu virus is a MUST. Dr. Pai mentioned – “Vaccines may take 4 to 6 weeks to develop complete immunity in your body, so you must take it before any epidemic like swine flu breaks out.”

Pregnant Women – During pregnancy, the immunity is at the lowest for a woman. In my case, vaccination against Flu kept all deadly viruses at bay. Just not me, in-fact daughter never fell prey to such easy attacks of viruses before the H1N1 episode. Coming back to the focal point of vaccination against influenza during pregnancy, keeps women safe from various fatal flu attacks. In Dr. Gupta’s words – “Go take a flu vaccine, even before you can get pregnant.  Only a healthy body can bring a healthy baby, preconception vaccine is important.”

Vaccinations Keep all Deadly Viruses at Bay

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Dr. Mukesh mentioned – “Flu spreads by touching, coughing, sneezing by flu affected person onto babies. So, it’s best that families – parents, grandparents and even caretakers of the babies get Samuhik vaccinated.” Samuhik in Hindi refers to ‘cluster’, hence get the cluster vaccination for the whole family and safeguard against Flu.

Flu attacks during pregnancy might risk the mother & baby, pre-term delivery and many other complications. Hence, get the pre-pregnancy vaccination dose.

Genelia Deshmukh, famous Bollywood Celebrity and mother to two little munchkins reiterated Doctors advice. She focussed on, “My elder child may carry a flu virus and my younger child may get infected. So, it is important to protect them both and get the family vaccinated.” A concerned mother who has taken all the right measures to protect children from Influenza. “No mother must be a Worrier, she is a Warrior. Best way to tackle your questions about flu is to talk to your doctor

Editors’ Note

We, mothers, are warriors who make sure all good and best reach our children and family. So why not immunity jab of – protection. Vaccinations keep away deadly viruses, which may look simple as a common cough, but may lead to fatal illness if not caught hold on time. Yearly Influenza vaccination saves you from the worry of uninvited sickness or contagious attacks on children from public areas and schools.

The best way forward is to find a Doctor and talk to the expert, ask them questions about your worries. A healthy interaction, an aware parent brings a healthy and safe environment for the family. April, May, June the time summers are at peak, and kids on vacation, we must get vaccinated too. My recent conversation with daughter’s doctor confirmed it as before the Flu might outbreak, as a family one should get protected.

I am a Mother Against Influenza; Are You??

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“I attended a discussion on influenza awareness facilitated by Abbott India Limited. Any opinion expressed in this blog is my personal opinion and not the opinion of Abbott India Limited. Abbott India Limited does not assume any liability for the content of the blog. The blog post is not meant to be a replacement for a doctor consultation, nor is it a medical recommendation or prescription of treatment for babies having Influenza. Any reader of this blog or their family members suffering from Influenza should specifically consult his/her doctor for the same and follow the suggested course of treatment.”

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  1. Hi Dipika,

    A much required post. It is so important to pay attention to all the small factors which leads to major outbreak of diseases. Getting vaccinated at the right time is a must. Children are more vulnerable with these diseases. Hence special care need to be given to them,

    Thank you for this post. have a great day. 🙂

    1. I so much agree with you in this Sajid. Timely vaccination and precautions bring no harm to anyone. Thank you for reading and sharing your valuable feedback.

  2. Vaccinations bahut jaruri hain, mere parents ne hamesha time per vaccine dilwaya , maine bhi time to time sab vaccine liya ?
    Lakin sabse accha Dr. Gupta ka kehna accha laga ki vaccine pregnancy k pehle hi le lena chaiye
    Proud hai aap per ki aap khud aware hain aur sabko aware karti bhi hain ????

    1. Right Aunty, but all parents and elders doesn’t think like this. I had a tough time explaining my mother in law ki vaccine zaroori hai.

  3. I was under the impression that pregnant women should not be given vaccinations too! Glad you cleared that doubt, Dipika. Such an helpful post this is. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you M for reading and commenting.

  4. Much needed post about influenza. Thanks a bunch

    1. Thank you for stopping by.

  5. hey great post..much informative 🙂

    #BoomzReads #MyFriendAlexa

    1. Thank you Bhumika.

  6. Thank you for sharing this with me..this is such a helpful and informative post for all

  7. I remember my doc recommending this vaccine to me when I was pregnant and I was scared to go for any kind of vaccination back then. Though I took the vaccine, I was wondering why there is not much awareness in the public about all of this and your post reminds me of the same.

  8. Influenza cannot be taken lightly. With timely vaccination and precautions it can be avoided. Detailed post, Dipika. Was lovely meeting and chatting up with you!

  9. OMG! That’s so frightening! I catch cold many a times and I don’t even take medicines! We have also welcomed a tiny member in the family and I guess it is the time to ask the new mom to visit a doctor and talk about these vaccinations!

  10. Awareness is very important to know root cause of any disease. Now a day I heard lot about Influenza and going for my kid vaccination today

  11. Got to know about samuhik vaccination for the first time, but that sounds quite a logical approach. Kids have low immunity these days and it is very easy for them to catch flu from other kids around. Must to keep all vaccinated.

  12. A very well researched post. Thanks for sharing the detailed information. Influenza should not be taken lightly and more people should be aware about it .

  13. It’s really scary. We give my son influenza vaccine every year since he born. Thanks for sharing the awareness .

  14. It’s very important to ensure proper health of kids. One must consult the doctor for appropriate vaccinations

  15. Absolutely influenza virus can infecr anyone who is immunocompromised or week immune .kids are the most prome ones .vaccine is most important to keep ourselves safe n kids especially

  16. Vaccination is really important especially ones we ignore like flu . Kids gets most affected due to influenza virus

    1. Agree. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

  17. I strongly feel Influenza is a topic that a lot of people are still unaware of, we need to have more of such informative blogs going online to educate our fellow friends about the same will definitely share the link with my friends too

    1. Thank you so much for reading and sharing. I agree one thing that we always avoid snubbing as simple Flu.

  18. That’s a much need post for all mothers. Thanks for sharing. I will spread the words.

  19. Influenza is a dangerous disease. Awareness about the same is very much needed. Parents should get their children vaccinated against to keep them safe.

    1. Thank you Nisha, these vaccinations are for all. Adults as well as children.

  20. Thanks for such a informative post on vaccination. It is very important to aware and aware others about proper and timely vaccination.

    1. I agree, and these kinds of vaccinations we usually avoid. Thanks for stopping by.

  21. This was quite an informative session and the biggest takeaway was that the whole family and caregivers need to get vaccinated too

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