All month long, our focus at RMACT has been single minded - to help you lay solid groundwork for your family building journey. Our goal has been to help you make the right choices, ones that will increase your chances for a successful fertility treatment cycle, one that results in an ongoing pregnancy. Continuing with that focus brings us into flu season. Yup, we’re really there. Influenza season is right around the corner and we want to arm you with the information you need to make informed decisions about the flu shot.

Isn’t the Flu Just a Cold Gone Rogue?

Now, some of you might be thinking, the flu shot? Ugh, another shot? Another needle? Do I really have to get it? If you ask any RMACT staff member, they will say yes, that they highly recommend it because the flu is more, much more, than just a bad cold. Symptoms are often the same, but not usually in the same order or with the same initial intensity. The flu comes on very abruptly as opposed to a cold which comes on gradually. Please note, a fever is atypical of a cold in most adults. Some symptoms of the flu may include:

  • fever
  • headache
  • fatigue
  • muscle aches
  • coughing
  • sore throat

A cold typically starts with a sore throat and stuffy nose and symptoms start to resolve themselves 3-5 days later. Flu symptoms last longer, often adding on to each other, and often get worse before they start to get better.

Why a Flu Shot? Why Not Just Ride It Out?

Some complications of the flu, such as pneumonia, can be life-threatening. This and other complications are a compelling argument as to why it’s especially important to obtain the flu vaccine if you are trying to conceive, if you are pregnant or are hoping that you are pregnant. Wait - pregnant women should get the flu shot, is that really safe? Absolutely! Although it’s common to question whether the flu vaccine is safe, rest assured that it’s not only safe in pregnancy, but it has added value as it also provides newborns protection through placental antibody transfer. This can be critical as newborns and babies are among the most vulnerable to the ravages and complications of the influenza virus. In addition, babies cannot be vaccinated until they reach six months of age, leaving them unprotected before then.

An Additional Way to Avoid the Flu

Data and research show that the single best way, when you’re trying to conceive or are pregnant, to avoid the flu is to get the flu shot. A simple way to enhance the efficacy of the flu shot is consistent hand washing. That means soap, warm water, scrubbing each finger completely. The amount of time you need? Sing Happy Birthday twice, according to the World Health Organization.

Our concerns for you extend past your fertility treatment cycle, they extend to you. Your health. Your needs. Your family. We want you to be as healthy as you can be as you build your healthy and happy family.

Have additional questions? Please contact your RMACT care team or visit: https://bit.ly/2hq3kXq

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Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.

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