Protect Yourself, Protect Your Baby

Protect Yourself, Protect Your Baby


MOM: Julia, honey! It’s almost time
for your doctor’s appointment! Do you want a snack
before we go to the clinic? JULIA: Yeah, I know. I just don’t
really want to go. I think I’m supposed to get
a flu shot this appointment, and I don’t think
I need one. MOM: The doctor said
it’s important, right? Since you’re pregnant now, I’m just so worried about you
getting sick this flu season. I heard on the news that the flu
can be very serious for pregnant women. JULIA: But I don’t know if I want to put any medicines
in my body. I mean, I’m trying to do
everything right for the baby — eating well, walking. Why do I need
the flu shot now when I’m trying to be
so healthy? MOM: Look, I’ll go with you
to see Dr. Hicks. Have you been watching something
on TV or Googling again? I think we’d better listen
to what the doctor has to say. I’ll help you up. JULIA: Okay. You’re right.
Let’s go. [ MOM CHUCKLES ] JULIA: Hi, Dr. Hicks.
Is everything okay? DR. HICKS: Very good.
Keep up the walking. I understand
you had some questions about today’s flu shot. JULIA:
Well, I was wondering — should I really
be getting a shot? I mean, is it safe? DR. HICKS:
The vaccine is very safe. It’s been used
millions of times, including in pregnant women
like you. The shot cannot
give you the flu, but it can protect you
and your baby. JULIA:
Isn’t it just the flu? I mean, wouldn’t I be better off
fighting it off naturally? DR. HICKS: When you’re pregnant,
your body changes. You’re at risk of getting
very sick from the flu. This can cause problems
for you and your baby. JULIA: The baby, too? DR. HICKS: Yes. Last year,
I had a pregnant patient that did not get vaccinated. She ended up getting very sick
from the flu and had to be hospitalized. MOM:
Oh, that’s terrible! DR. HICKS: I know you want
to do everything possible to protect you and your baby. Get the flu shot today, and you can pass on protection, now, for you and your baby, and after your baby is born. It’s a great thing to do, since babies
cannot get the flu shot until after
they’re six months old. JULIA:
Okay, I’ll do it. I want to be healthy
and protect my baby. DR. HICKS: Good. MOM: Hey,
what are you doing to me? JULIA: Well, since you’re
gonna be helping out so much, you can get your shot, too. The baby can’t get one
for a while, so your flu shot will protect
both you and her… Grandma. MOM:
Did you say “her”? Oh! Oh! DR. HICKS: And, Julia? Just to let you know
that the flu shot takes about two weeks
to build up protection. So if you have
any flu symptoms, make sure you call
the clinic right away. You’re doing the right thing
to get the shot today. I’m gonna send in the nurse
for the shot. MOM:
Send in two shots, Doctor. JULIA: Thanks, Mom. We’ll both
get vaccinated today… for the baby.

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