The world is living through a pandemic.
As of March 1, more than 7 million pregnant women and nearly 5 million newborns have been infected.
This week, the World Health Organization announced that pregnant women should limit their contact with others in public, including family members and friends.
But as we know from experience, when the public gets the flu, it takes a toll on public health.
What about during pregnancy?
What is the best way to be prepared?
And what should I do if I become ill?
Here are three key questions that will help you get started: Is it safe to travel during this time?
Traveling during this period of time can be risky, especially if you’re pregnant.
There are a variety of ways to handle the flu virus.
For example, some pregnant women can stay home from work or school.
Others can go to work or classes.
But if you are pregnant and want to be around other pregnant people, there are several important precautions you should take: Limit contact with people at work and school, and don’t take any extra work from them.
Limit public trips to two days a week.
Talk to your doctor if you need to travel for work, and keep your vaccinations up to date.
Don’t bring any food or drink to work.
You might need to stay home to help cook for the workers, but stay home and eat.
Keep your vaccinations updated.
Talk with your doctor before going out in public.
Your doctor will tell you if your flu vaccine is working, and you can check the flu vaccine on the web.
You can also call your doctor at 1-800-426-6237 or go to your local health department to see if there is a vaccine.
What should I wear?
Wear appropriate protective clothing.
For some women, wearing a long-sleeved shirt or pants will help keep you comfortable during the flu.
For others, a long sleeved shirt and a long skirt will help to reduce the spread of the virus.
Some women also wear face masks or face coverings to reduce eye contact.
For more information, visit: CDC/PregnantWomen/faqs.
For a list of CDC’s best practices, visit the Pregnant Women website.