In case you haven’t noticed, the Zika virus is making lot of buzz in the press. Intentional pun aside, it’s important to stay aware of all the latest developments as it can affect your well being, along with the health and welfare of your baby if you are currently pregnant.
From the CDC
These are some of the most important aspects of the virus that you should be aware of and prepare for, as outlined by the CDC:
Is there a vaccine or medicine for Zika?
No. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
How can people protect themselves against Zika?
The best way to prevent Zika virus is to prevent mosquito bites. Here’s how:
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
- Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents (bug spray). Always follow the instructions on the label and reapply every few hours.
- Eliminate mosquito breeding sites, like containers with standing water.
- Visit CDC’s website for more information about preventing mosquito bites.
Can pregnant and breastfeeding women use insect repellent?
Yes. Use EPA-registered insect repellents. When used as directed, these insect repellents are proven safe and effective even for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Some natural products are EPA-registered. The effectiveness of non-EPA registered insect repellents is NOT known.Insect repellents registered by the EPA can be expected to repel the mosquitoes that spread Zika, provided the EPA-approved labeling says the product is for use to protect against mosquitoes in general or against Aedes mosquitoes in particular. An example of a natural product with an EPA registration is oil of lemon eucalyptus.
Read all of the details from the CDC. And if you’re currently pregnant and looking for a pediatrician, call us at Sun Pediatrics. Schedule a visit to learn more about how we can serve you.
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