Friday, January 17 2014, 06:40 PM MST
Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season
(KUTV) – The common cold and the flu are both making their rounds. In fact, the Utah Department of Health says more than 400 people have been hospitalized here in Utah from flu related problems.
Doctors warn that pregnant women may be more susceptible to getting sick this time of year. "In my experience, most people feel like their immune system is down a little bit. It is easier to catch things. When they catch something, it takes a little longer for it to go away."
Doctor Gregory Tanner is an obstetrician at Alta View Hospital in Sandy. He says if you are pregnant and do get sick, the most important thing you can do is rest. If you have mild symptoms, try to avoid taking medications. However, Doctor Tanner says there are many medications that pregnant women can take to help relieve symptoms for a cold or the flu. But be sure to talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you do have questions about what you can or can't take, the Utah Department of Health has a great resource for you. It is called the Pregnancy Risk Line. Experts will be able to use the latest data to answer your questions. The number is (800) 822-2229.
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