Navigating Pregnancy and the Flu

Navigating Pregnancy and the Flu

When should you get a flu shot, and does your baby need more than one? Here’s everything parents need to know to protect themselves and their babies during the 2019 flu season.

“The flu can be serious for everyone, but the elderly, pregnant women, and babies are at a greater risk of developing serious complications from the flu.” -Amesh A. Adalja, M.D., senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

The influenza vaccine helps protect you and your baby against the flu and complications from the flu. Current guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that

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babies don’t receive the vaccine until they’re 6 months old. There are other important steps you can take during pregnancy and once your baby is born to help keep you both safe. “When a pregnant woman is vaccinated against the flu, her immune system will make antibodies which can cross the placenta and provide antibodies for the baby after birth.

Getting your flu shot during pregnancy will give your newborn baby some protection with the antibodies that you yourself generated.” – Dr. Adalja.

Community Partnership

Community Partnership

Community Partnership: WINGS – Women’s Initiative Nurturing Girls’ Strength

WINGS took flight in November 2013 when a group of women came together in Celebration to share concerns about the onslaught of negative media and role models influencing girls and young women. Our mission is to inspire and empower girls and women to soar to their highest potential.

In 2014, WINGS partnered with the school counselors at Celebration K-8 School to offer monthly “Power Lunches” for 5th-8th grade students.

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During these lunches, they talk about the challenges that girls face every day, and how they can reach out and help each others through them.

Topics discussed at these Power Lunches include self-love, being fearless in pursuing leadership positions, positive uses of social media, and many more. Celebration Obstetrics and Gynecology along with Celebration Pediatrics is proud to support the WINGS power lunch on October 31st. For additional information on WINGS, go to CelebrationFoundaiton.org.

Welcome Dr. Norris M Allen

Welcome Dr. Norris M Allen

Norris M. Allen, MD, FACOG

Celebration Obstetrics and Gynecology is excited to announce our newest team member: Dr. Norris M. Allen, MD, FACOG

Dr. Norris M. Allen grew up in Brooklyn, New York. The youngest of nine children Dr. Allen was surrounded by a great sense of family. After repeated visits to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where his older brother worked as an X-Ray technician, Dr. Allen realized he wanted to become a physician.

Dr. Allen received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in 1984. He continued his education at the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Allen then received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1992 and completing his residency at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital.

Dr. Allen has a passion for the US Military and received an honorable discharge from the rank of Major in the Army reserve in 2012. He continues to enjoy supporting humanitarian efforts by participating in medical mission trips and is very involved in his church. In Dr. Allen’s words, “My deep love for helping the impoverished and needy provides me insurmountable amounts of appreciation and gratitude.”

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In medical school, Dr. Allen became fascinated by the various diagnostic instruments that show the human body. Initially, he wanted to become a radiologist but switched to Obstetrics and Gynecology while in his fourth year of medical school. The ultrasound diagnostics of the fetus were particularly interesting to him, thus confirming his passion for this practice.

To schedule your appointment with Dr. Allen, give us a call at 407-566-BABY.