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Upstate Ob-Gyn Group stays up-to-date with guidelines published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) and The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Pregnant women are considered high risk for the flu and flu related complications. Therefore, all OB patients (and their families) are encouraged to get seasonal flu vaccine which now includes the H1N1 vaccine. Any of the injectable vaccines for flu are safe for pregnant women. The nasal spray vaccines are contraindicated. Please note that seasonal flu vaccines protect your baby even after he/she is born.

Please contact us if you have close contact with someone documented who has had a positive flu test. (Close contact is defined as someone living in your household. Any other exposure is not considered dangerous unless you were exposed to their body fluids) ...or...If you are experiencing a fever with any of the following symptoms; chills, body aches, sore throat, cough, headache, vomiting, diarrhea. Should you experience those symptoms, limit contact with anyone else, rest, drink fluids, and let us know about your symptoms. We need to know if any of the above occurs as you will likely need a prescription medication to protect yourself and your baby.

NOTE: DO NOT come to the office if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms with fever. Call and reschedule if you have an appointment with us.

If you are having flu-like symptoms and/or you are experiencing difficulty breathing
You do not have to call our office.

If you decide to breastfeed, this will help protect your infant from H1N1 and seasonal flu. All women delivering during flu season are strongly encouraged to initiate breastfeeding. If you develop flu-like symptoms you may continue to breastfeed, but wear a surgical mask to protect your infant.

IMPORTANT: In 2012, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and ACOG (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) recommend Tdap vaccination for pregnant women during each pregnancy. This recommendation is due to the recent increase in documented cases. The benefits to both the pregnant woman and the newborn are well documented. The vaccine (inactivated virus, bacterial or toxoid) should be administered after 20 weeks gestation.

If you have not had a Tdap during this pregnancy, let us know.  It is recommended that all pregnant women get Tdap vaccines with each pregnancy because your antibodies help protect the baby once it is born.