Frisco Womens Health

5575 Warren Parkway Suite 116 Frisco Frisco, TX 75034

HEALTH ALERT

Flu Vaccine Recommended During Pregnancy

In the wake of the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, there has been a lot of concern regarding the safety and effectiveness of the flu vaccine, especially in relation to high risk groups like pregnant women and infants. For most healthy adults, the flu is a significant illness that will often cause a person to feel miserable and miss several days of work, but the risk of serious illness or death is rare. However, for certain populations, the risk of serious illness or death is a very real possibility. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that “people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, and young children are more likely to get complications from influenza.” According to the CDC, 36,000 people (on average) die from the seasonal flu every year, and most of these deaths occur in people who would be considered high risk.
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Whooping Cough Health Alert

Our ObGyn practice has just experienced our first patient whose 3 month old baby developed Whooping Cough (Pertussis) here in Frisco, TX. For those not familiar with this condition, it is a scary bacterial infection that initially starts out like any other cold but quickly leads to coughing spells that in children can cause them to stop breathing or turn blue, these same symptoms can apply for infected adults. It also can progress to pneumonia and require hospitalization. Medically, up until 3 years ago, there was no vaccine for adults, just for children.
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