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H1N1 Pandemic Flu Hits Pregnant Women Hard
Date:5/24/2010

ress syndrome, which involves a significant lowering of the fetal heart rate, and four were delivered by emergency Cesarean section. And while no congenital birth defects were seen, two infants died, according to the report.

"Little data are available regarding fetal outcomes and mortality rates among H1N1-infected mothers," the researchers wrote. "Of the 18 patients in this series, one had a spontaneous abortion and one died postnatally from complications of extreme prematurity and sepsis," they say. "H1N1 poses a serious health threat to pregnant patients."

This group of women responded to the new H1N1 in the same way pregnant women responded to other pandemic flus, Siegel said. "There is a high rate of complications, there is a high rate of early-term delivery, there is a high rate of deaths in fetuses This is all predictable," he said.

"This illustrates the importance of flu vaccine in pregnancy," Siegel added.

Going forward, Siegel does not expect to see a massive recurrence of the H1N1 flu. In this season's flu vaccine, the H1N1 pandemic strain will be one of the components of the shot, he noted.

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For more information on H1N1 flu, visit the Flu.gov.



SOURCES: Marc Siegel, M.D., associate professor, medicine, New York University, New York City; May 24, 2010, Archives of Internal Medicine


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