Swine Flu Symptoms and Treatments for Families
What expectant moms and parents of babies and toddlers need to know about the H1N1 virus
What if I’m Pregnant?
If you are pregnant, remember—your risk of catching swine flu is exactly the same as the man sitting next to you. However, your risk for serious complications is higher.
Because swine flu has proven to be more dangerous to pregnant women than the seasonal flu, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that all pregnant women receive the recently-approved swine flu vaccine. Experts also recommend that any pregnant woman who may have swine flu takes an anti-viral medication, such as Tamiflu, to reduce the risk of complications.
If you are pregnant and suspect that you may have swine flu, call your doctor as soon as possible (To prevent the spread of swine flu in waiting rooms, it’s best to avoid going into the doctor’s office). Swift action is important; anti-viral treatment must be started within 48 hours to be effective.
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