Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today urged pregnant women to get vaccinated as this is the best means to protect them and their babies from flu.
Voicing concern over low vaccination rates among pregnant women, President DAK and flu expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan said that though there are clear guidelines, pregnant women are not advised by their health providers to get vaccinated.
"Unvaccinated women say that they would have been vaccinated had their obstetricians recommended them.
Flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant than in healthy women who are not pregnant. Antiviral drug, Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is not teratogenic and is safe in pregnancy. Pregnant women with suspected or confirmed influenza should receive antivirals as early as possible because treatment initiated early is more likely to provide benefit," Dr Nisar added.