Should you get a flu shot if you’re pregnant?
The answer is a resounding “yes!”
The study actually didn’t find any link, says Dr. Sina Haeri, director of perinatal research and co-director of maternal-fetal medicine at St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas. “The devil’s in the details,” he says. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were looking retrospectively at data and, the first time they did so, found no association, he says. The second time when they looked at different data, they found a slight risk, but nothing to cause doctors to stop recommending flu shots for their pregnant patients or patients who are thinking about becoming pregnant.
The worry with the flu is the high fever that comes with it. In the first trimester, that can cause malformations in the fetus such as spina bifida, Haeri says.
It’s also not safe for a baby to be at those higher temperatures as the pregnancy progresses. Some of the medications doctors might give to treat the symptoms of the flu also might not be healthy for the baby to have.
In the third trimester or right after a mother gives birth, it’s also dangerous for her to have the flu. This is a time her body is working harder and is more vulnerable to illnesses.
That third trimester is also a time when the baby is pushing up into her lungs. This makes having a respiratory disease especially concerning. Doctors worry about pneumonia, which is not something you want, especially when you’re about to give birth or have just given birth.
Haeri also knows this about his patients: “Healthy women are less likely to get care.”
If they have been otherwise healthy, they don’t worry about the symptoms they are feeling with the flu. They will put off going to the doctor until after it becomes more serious.
If you’re pregnant and haven’t had the flu shot but are around someone with the flu, Haeri would like you to go ahead and take a flu preventative like Tamiflu to lessen the chances of getting it.
October family calendar
October is full of family-friendly events to try. Set your calendar for these:
Austin School Expo. See what different preschools, private schools and charter schools are available to you. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 1. Pan Am Rec Center, 2100 E. Third St. and Austin Sports Complex, 1420 Grande Toro Blvd. Free. austinschoolexpo.com
Dress up for Littles. Kids ages 1-5 can play dress up in different costumes. 10 a.m. Oct. 2. Brentwood Social House, 1601 W Koenig Lane.
Domain Northside Kids. Come to the lawn at the Domain Northside for activities for kids 18 months to 6 years old. This month’s theme: Spooked. Free. 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 4. Reservations required. domainnorthside.com
Child safety car seat check. 9 a.m. Oct. 3. Free. Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Drive. 9 a.m. Oct. 9, CommUnity Care Clinic, 211 Comal St. 9 a.m. Oct. 18, Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Lane. Register at 512-972-7233. austintexas.gov
Father-Daughter Dance. $10 per family. 6 p.m. Oct. 19, Virginia Brown Recreation Center, 7500 Blessing Ave. austintexas.gov
Robinson Family Farm Pumpkin Patch. Go through a corn maze, go on a hay ride, pet the goats and pick a pumpkin. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29. Free, but pay for activities and pumpkins. 3780 White Owl Lane, Temple. the robinsonfamilyfarm.com
Barton Hill Farms. Corn maze, farm animals and more than 30 activities, plus pumpkin picking. 10 a.m.-8 pm. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 5. $14, extra for pumpkins and face painting. 1115 FM 969, Bastrop. bartonhillfarms.com
Sweet Berry Farm. Hay rides, corn mazes, pick your own pumpkins and more. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, through Nov. 8. Pay per activity. 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls. sweetberryfarm.com
Elgin Christmas Tree Farm Fall Farm Fun. Explore a corn maze, hay bale maze and a crazy maze, plus go on a hay ride, visit animals and get a mini pumpkin to decorate. Big pumpkins to purchase. $7. Beginning Oct. 6. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 14-15, with special activities. Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, 120 Nature’s Way, Elgin. elginchristmastreefarm.com
Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm Pumpkin Hunt. Go hunting pumpkins, launch pumpkins, train ride, maze, mini golf, fishing pond pony rides and bounce house. $2.50 for each activity. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays in October. 242 Monkey Road. evergreen-farms.com
Fall Family Fun Days. Enjoy raptor shows, snake shows, sheep shearing, corn shucking, apple cider making, live music, and lots of local vendors selling everything from fresh organic produce, eggs, honey, jam, and bread and more. $9-$3. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays in October. Crowe’s Nest Farm, 10300 Taylor Lane. crowesnestfarm.org
Halloween Carnival and Haunted House. 75 cent games, $1 haunted house. 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 12. Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury St. austintexasgov
Pumpkin Carving. Free pumpkins based on household size, plus games, face painting and more. 11 a.m. Oct. 28. Saturday, Carver Center, 1165 Angelina St. austintexas.gov
Boo at the Zoo. Dress up and enjoy the zoo with Halloween-themed activities. 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October. $17.50. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail. austinzoo.org
First Saturdays at the Carver Museum. Enjoy family events. Free. Noon Oct. 7. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. austintexas.gov
Bullock Museum. H-E-B Free First Sunday. Go West. Free family fun around westward expansion. Noon Oct. 1. Living History Days. Re-enactors stroll through the museum. 10 a.m. Oct. 5. Little Texans: My Favorite Things. 10 a.m. Oct. 12. Science Thursdays. 10 a.m. Oct. 19. Story time: Cowboys and Cowgirls. 10 a.m. Oct. 26. Spooktacular. Come dress for Halloween activities. 5 p.m. Oct. 27. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com
Thinkery. Community Night: Disability Awareness. 4-8 p.m. Oct. 11. Free, but donations go to Variety — the Children’s Charity of Texas. Little Thinkers Club. 1,2,3 … Paint with Me. Learn about painting. 9:45 a.m. for 1-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. for 2-year-olds. Wednesdays through Oct. 25. $20 per class, $140 for the series. Little Thinkers Club. Get Into Shapes. 9:45 a.m. for 2-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. for 3-year-olds, Fridays through Oct. 27. $20 per class, $140 for the series. Monster Masterpieces. 9:30 a.m. 1-year-olds, 10:30 a.m. 2-year-olds, 11:30 a.m. 3-year-olds. Oct. 9. $20. Sensory Friendly Hours. Play from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Oct. 22, then head to the Alamo Drafthouse at Mueller for a sensory friendly screening of “Trolls” at 10:30 a.m. Made possible for free by Variety, but reserve your theater seat with a $5 voucher for food and drink. Family Night: Halloween Hootenanny. Come in costume and ready for fun. $15 adults, $13 children. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 27. Baby Bloomers. Learn about fall on the farm. For infant to 3. 9 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays. Special guests throughout the month. $5. Whisks and Wizards. Make Halloween-themed food. For ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 7-9, Oct. 21-22. $8. Costume Design. Make your own costume. For ages 4 and up. $8. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 14-15, Oct. 28-29.Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org
Contemporary Austin. Families Create: Tree Tales. Learn more about trees with Tree Folks and make art around it. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 14. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org
Texas Museum of Science & Technology. Wee-Searchers for children 5 and younger. Learn about science through song, play and stories. 9 a.m. Oct. 11 and Oct. 25. Science Saturday: HalloweenSTEAM. Noon-4 p.m Oct. 28. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. txmost.org
Wildflower Center. Movies in the Wild: “Flight of the Butterflies.” See the movie outside. $12, free for kids younger than 4. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 6. Tracks, Scats & Signs. See how animals have been busy in the garden. $15 adults, $10 children. Noon-2 p.m. Oct. 7. Nature Nets. See what’s in the ponds. Noon-2 p.m. Oct. 14. Afternoon Explorers: Nature Journaling. Create journals for writing and sketching. $15 adults, $10 children. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Botanical Drawing. Create art based on the garden, for ages 10 and up. $40. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 28. Sprouts. Hands-on preschool program. 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Nature Play Hour. Play in the Family Garden. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org
Toybrary Austin. Gardening Class. 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays except. Oct. 17. Free. Date night babysitting. For ages 1-5. $25 first child, $10 siblings. 5-8 p.m. Saturdays. Daddy & Me Story Time. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 7. $7. Staci Gray Outdoor Concert. 6 p.m. Oct. 14. $10 per child. Peppa Pig visits. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 21. Halloween Party with Slime! 10: 30 a.m. Oct. 26. $10 per child. Pinkalicious Story Time with Paramount Theatre. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 28. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com
That’s My Face: Youth and Young Adult Film Series: “I Am Not Your Negro.” Free. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. austintexas.gov
Alamo Drafthouse events. “Ghostbusters” Party. 7 p.m. Oct. 1, Mueller. “The Addams Family” Party. 4 p.m. Oct. 15, Mueller. “Goosebumps” with introduction by R.L. Stine. 4 p.m. Oct. 21, Mueller. Alamo for All, sensory-friendly screening of “Trolls.” 10:30 a.m. Oct. 22, Mueller. Free, but $5 food voucher required. drafthouse.com
Pollyanna Theatre Company presents “A Moon of My Own.” A young girl goes on an adventure with the moon. For kids kindergarten through second grade. 9:30 a.m. Oct. 2, Oct. 5-6; Oct. 2, Oct. 5-6; 2 p.m. Sept. 30. Oct. 1, Oct. 7-8. $10.50-$13.50. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org
Zach Theatre presents “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.” Head to Narnia in the C.S. Lewis tale. 11 a.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 21; 2 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 1, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Oct. 29. More shows through Feb. 10. $18-$24. Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road. zachtheatre.org
“Rosita y Conchita.” See this bilingual Día de los Muertos play about two sisters who try to reunite. $8-$12. 11 a.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 8, 14-15, 22 and 28-29; 1 p.m. Oct. 14-15, Oct. 22, Oct. 28-29. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org
Emily Ann Theatre presents “Thumbelina.” See this classic children’s tale on stage. $8-$10. 10 a.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21; 2 p.m. Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22. 1101 Ranch Road 2325, Wimberley.
“Paw Patrol Live!” Your favorite toys come to life on the stage. $23-$74. 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Oct. 28, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 29. Long Center, 701 Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org
Ballet Austin’s “Not Afraid of the Dark.” See glowing ballet in the dark. $15. 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 21-22, Oct. 28-29. Ballet Austin Studio Theater, 501 W. Third St. balletaustin.org
Halloween Concert. Hear Halloween-themed music from the Austin Symphony. $14-$19. 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 29. Austin ISD Performing Arts Center, 1925 E. 51st St. austinsymphony.org
Austin Kiddie Limits. Hear kids music, plus build things, make art and dance. Free for kids 10 and younger with parent with a wristband. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 6-8, Oct. 13-15. Zilker Park. aclfestival.com/kids
Big Don Kid Show. It’s a hip-hop storytelling show, plus CD release party. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 1, Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38th 1/2 St.
BookPeople events. Events: Julie Fogliano and Christian Robinson read “When’s My Birthday?” 11:30 a.m. Oct. 1; Katherine Applegate reads and signs “Wishtree.” 6 p.m. Oct. 4; Tara Dairman, Jeannie Mobley and Christina Soontornvat read “The Great Hibernation,” Bobby Lee Claremont and the Criminal Element” and “In a Dark Land.” 2 p.m. Oct. 8. Marit Weisenberg reads “Select.” 7 p.m. Oct. 10. Will Kostakis and Adi Alsaid read and sign “The Sidekicks” and “North of Happy.” 6 p.m. Oct. 22. Story times: New books, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 3; Baby Signs, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 4; Monsters are our Friends, 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7; Milly McSilly, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 10; Ms. Staci Gray, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 11; Diwali, 11:30 a.m. Oct. 14; Armstrong Community Music School, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17; Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 18; Paramount Theatre Pinkalicious, 11:30 a.m. Oct. 21; Princess Adventures, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 24; Modern First Library, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 25; Best Friends Forever, 11:30 a.m. Oct. 28; Halloween Trick-or-Treat for Books, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com
Barnes & Noble Events: Lego Make and Take Ninjago. 4 p.m. Oct. 7, all locations; 11 a.m. Saturdays story times at all locations: “The Poky Little Puppy,” Oct. 7; “After the Fall,” Oct. 14; “Good Day, Good Night,” Oct. 21; “Mary McScary,” Oct. 28.
At the library
Literature Live Presents: “Strega Nona.” 3:30 p.m. Oct. 2, Howson Branch; 10:15 a.m. Oct. 3, Carver Branch; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Pleasant Hill Branch; 10:15 a.m. Oct. 7, Windsor Park Branch; 10:15 a.m. Oct. 12, Cepeda Branch; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Milwood Branch; 10:30 a.m. Oct. 18, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Manchaca Road Branch; 2:15 p.m. Oct. 20, St. John Branch; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 24, Twin Oaks Branch; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Spicewood springs Branch; 10:15 a.m. Oct. 27, Ruiz Branch; 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31, Terrazas Branch.
Tween STEAM: Java 101. 4:30 p.m. Oct. 2, Spicewood Springs Branch. Robotics. 4:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Windsor Park Branch; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 16, Spicewood Springs Branch.
Sew Happy, for ages 10 and up. 5 p.m. Oct. 3, Manchaca Road Branch.
Bow Wow Reading with Aussie. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 4, North Village Branch. Bow Wow Reading with Roo. 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Oct. 25; Little Walnut Creek Branch. Bow Wow Reading with George. 3:45 a.m. Oct. 11, Pleasant Hill Road.
Music and Movement. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Hampton Branch; 11 a.m. Oct. 5, Howson Branch; 11 a.m. Oct. 9, Pleasant Hill Branch; 11:30 a.m. Oct. 11, Manchaca Road Branch; 11:30 a.m. Oct. 11, Manchaca Road Branch; 11 a.m. Oct. 12, Howson Branch; 11 a.m. Oct. 19, Howson Branch.
Graphic Novel Book Club: “Harlem Hellfighters.” 6 p.m. Oct. 5, North Village Branch.
Monthly Book Sale. 10 a.m. Oct. 7, Pleasant Hill Branch.
Boo the Flu. Learn about community health resources, get free flu shots and more. 11 a.m. Oct. 7, Travis High School.
Austin Children’s Choir. 1 p.m. Oct. 7. Cepeda Branch.
Saturday Family Movie: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” 2 p.m. Oct. 7, Windsor Park Branch.
Austin Ukestra ukulele group. 1 p.m. Oct. 8, Recycled Reads Bookstore.
Crafternoon. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 9, Manchaca Road Branch; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Twin Oaks Branch; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 24, Windsor Park Branch; 3:30 p.m. Oct 24, Howson Branch.
Family Movie Night: “Coraline.” 6 p.m. Oct. 10, Twin Oaks Branch; “Ghostbusters: Answer the Call.” 3:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Old Quarry Branch.
NBTween Book Club: “It Ain’t so Awful, Falafel.” 4 p.m. Oct. 11, Howson Branch; “A Tale Dark and Grimm.” 6 p.m. Oct. 19, Twin Oaks Branch. “Tru and Nelle,” 6 p.m. Spicewood Springs Branch.
Día de los Muertos. 4 p.m. Oct. 12, Twin Oaks Branch; 5 p.m. Oct. 23, Windsor Park Branch; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Recycled Reads Bookstore; 4 p.m. Ruiz Branch, Oct. 31; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Dove Springs Recreation Center.
Barking Book Buddies: Mornings with Moxie. 10 a.m. Oct. 14, Manchaca Road Branch.
Teen Book Club: “Ramona Blue.” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Howson Branch; “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Spicewood Springs Branch.
Mother Daughter Book Club: “Fortunately the Milk.” 6 p.m. Oct. 18, Hampton Branch.
Family Craft Night. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Howson Branch; 7 p.m. Hampton Branch, Oct. 26.
Crafting for a Cause. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Manchaca Road Branch.
Central Library Grand Opening. 1 p.m. Oct. 28, Central Library.
Storybook Dance Making. 2 p.m. Oct. 29, Recycled Reads Bookstore.