Health Watch - Flu: Flu Drugs and Pregnancy

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about preparing for flu season. Previously, we discussed the underlying medical conditions that can put some people at greater risk from the flu. One of these conditions is pregnancy. Pregnant women may get sicker from the flu, especially the H1N1 variety.

It’s recommended that pregnant women be vaccinated against influenza. If they do get sick, recent research from UT Southwestern Medical Center has found that the anti-viral drugs used to treat the flu are safe for pregnant women and their unborn children.

Dr. George Wendel, a UT Southwestern obstetrician and gynecologist, says pregnant women have to weigh the risks of medication against the risk of serious infection, but this study showed that there was no significant difference between women treated with flu drugs and those who hadn’t been treated when it came to some of the most common pregnancy complications. There also wasn’t a significant difference in the health of the children.      

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September 2010


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