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Important Information on Preventing Infections For Moms, Families, and their Visitors

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Preventing infection for you and your baby is important, particularly during the flu season. Infections can affect new moms, their babies, and families - often, simple preventive steps are the most effective thing we can all do to stop serious illnesses such as the flu (influenza), whooping cough (Pertussis), and other illnesses caused by a variety of bacteria and viruses.

Here is basic information on how to prevent infection for yourself, your baby, and your family. Download and print our full guide for your reference.

We ask that you keep the following in mind while you are here at BIDMC, and once you are at home:

The most important method of limiting infections is keeping hands clean.

This is particularly important during flu season, but hand hygiene helps to prevent nearly all types of infections. Keep your hands clean, and remind your friends and family to do the same. You should expect that your nurse and doctor will clean their hands when they enter and leave your room.

It is also very important to limit contact with visitors who may have an infection.

This is critical during the flu season (approximately October through April). But at any time of year, please ask friends and family to postpone their visit if they do not feel well, have been recently exposed to someone with the flu, or have a rash that has not been evaluated by a physician.

Vaccinate yourself and your family against the flu and whooping cough.

Vaccines are safe and effective. Ask your Obstetrician about the influenza and Tdap vaccines. You will also be offered these vaccines here at BIDMC when you are admitted to the hospital.

It is important for you to know that some bacteria and viruses are naturally present on all human bodies, including those of newborn infants. Although most bacteria generally do not pose a threat for healthy babies and their parents, some may result in treatable skin infections, while some bacteria or viruses could be a problem for people who are very sick or for very premature babies.

Contact Information

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
East Campus
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215