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Joint Statement for Pregnant Women About Influenza

(09/21/09) - We are a national coalition of health care and information providers for pregnant women and children with an urgent message for pregnant women concerning influenza. The normal changes of pregnancy make pregnant women at increased risk of the harmful effects of flu infection. For the health of pregnant women and their developing babies, please take this message seriously.

  • Pregnant women are at increased risk for serious disease and even death
    from pandemic H1N1 influenza infection.
  • Pregnant women who have flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough and sore throat should
    contact their pregnancy care provider immediately so that flu medications can be started and
    further instructions can be given by their provider. They may also begin treating their fever with
    acetaminophen (for example, Tylenol).
  • Pregnant women should also speak to their pregnancy care provider if they have come in
    close contact with someone who has flu-like symptoms.
  • We strongly recommend all pregnant women receive immunization for seasonal flu now and
    H1N1 flu as soon as this vaccine becomes available. The immunizations pregnant women
    receive are safe and provide flu protection for both themselves and their newborns.
  • Pregnant women can protect themselves from the flu by washing their hands frequently,
    by encouraging their family to do the same, and by avoiding contact with sick people.

H1N1 is a new virus and issues around management may change over time. Up-to-date information can be found through your prenatal health care provider or on the CDC Web site. This coalition will be providing future information for pregnant women if it is needed.

Participating Organizations

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of Pediatrics

American College of Nurse-Midwives

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses

Infectious Disease Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology

March of Dimes Foundation

Society of Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Use of trade names and commercial sources is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the undersigned organizations.

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