Protect your health with a flu shot and COVID booster
Fall generally ushers in cooler temps, bright foliage and pumpkin-spice everything, but it also signals the beginning of cold and flu season. Additionally, there’s the challenge of COVID, as the virus continues to mutate and spread. For our patients who are trying to conceive, Joshua J. Berger, MD, PhD recommends the flu shot and COVID boosters.
Staying current on vaccinations during fertility treatment
For women who want to welcome a baby, our Manhattan Beach fertility center encourages them to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes eating well, getting regular exercise and taking a good vitamin supplement.
Our team also stresses the importance of keeping up with immunizations, including the flu shot and COVID boosters. The immunity you develop from these shots can protect you and your unborn child from serious illness.
Are COVID boosters and the flu shot safe?
Our Manhattan Beach fertility center understands our patients remain hyper-focused on what they put into their bodies. Research has shown that the flu shot doesn’t pose a risk to your efforts to get pregnant. The COVID vaccine also appears to be safe for women who are attempting pregnancy.
However, catching the flu or COVID during fertility treatment could derail your efforts and set back your scheduled treatments. As such, we suggest the flu shot and COVID boosters for our patients.
Is getting the flu or COVID a big deal?
Because flu season lasts from October to May, our doctors urge patients to get vaccinated. While pregnant or trying to conceive, your immune system experiences additional stress and may not fight infection as easily as it usually would normally. Complications from the flu and COVID are more likely in people with compromised immune systems, including pregnant women.
Dr. Burger offers the following tips for staying healthy during cold and flu season:
- Wash your hands regularly in water.
- Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
- Disinfect high-traffic areas with a microbial spray.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Boost your immune system with vitamins C and D.
- Stay clear of anyone who exhibits symptoms of illness.
The path to parenthood can take various twists and turns. The team at Innovative Fertility Center will walk with you each step of the way. Contact our office for more information about flu shots for fertility patients or to schedule an appointment.