November 21, 2012

After Lamaze Class, Flu Shot

1 Flu or Fever While Pregnant Ups Autism Risk

Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant are advised to get a flu shot, based on new Danish research which found that children born to women who had the flu or ran a fever for longer than seven days during pregnancy were significantly more likely to develop some form of autism. According to a study of 97,000 women who gave birth from 1997 to 2004, autism was twice as likely by age three in children whose mothers had influenza, and three times as likely in those whose mothers ran a fever for longer than one week. No similar link was found between autism and common colds or other respiratory or sinus infections, or urinary tract or genital infections during pregnancy. Flu shots during pregnancy are also advised because they protect the newborn from flu for six months.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Vaccinating Kids Helps All of Us

Tags: Fever and Autism, Influenza and Autism, Pregnancy and Autism, Flu and Autism, Flu Shots to Prevent Autism, Preventing Autism

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