Swine Flu and Pregnancy: More Severe Affects For Pregnant Women

Swine Flu More Severely Affects Pregnant Women
Swine Flu More Severely Affects Pregnant Women

Back in April, we posted some information on Simple Tips On Going Through IVF During The Swine Flu Outbreak. The swine flu craze has seemed to settle down, at least in the U.S. But, another article came out today on CNN.com that states the swine flu more severely affects pregnant women.

Pregnant women infected with the H1N1 virus are more likely to be hospitalized from it and perhaps even more likely to die from it, according to a federal study released Wednesday.

If a pregnant woman is diagnosed with swine flu, antiviral drugs are recommended to protect themselves and their fetus. Some doctors are hesitant to prescribe antiviral drugs to pregnant women because of possible side effects to the fetus but Dr. Denise J. Jamieson, lead author of the study and a medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is urging doctors to put aside this concern for now.

Dr. Jamieson says that the benefits of the antiviral drugs outweigh the risk right now.

The CDC reported 45 deaths between April 1, 2009 and June 16, 2009. Of those deaths, 13% were pregnant women. All of those women were healthy before the swine flu infection and all developed viral pneumonia that lead to acute respiratory distress that required the use of ventilators.

This is no cause for panic but you should be aware of your body and if you do notice any symptoms of swine flu, be sure to contact your OB-GYN promptly so they can determine the best course of action. Just use common sense and try to stay away from large crowds or closed in places with large crowds.

CNN Article Source: H1N1 Virus More Severely Affects Pregnant Women

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