Swine flu is expected to be the dominant strain of flu this winter , health experts have stated. They warned the spread of swine flu could pose a particular risk to young people and pregnant women. The H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, caused a pandemic across the world between and While the World Health Organisation declared the pandemic officially over in , this winter could see a rise in flu cases attributed to the virus.
A Pregnant Woman’s Story of Swine Flu
H1N1 Swine Flu During Pregnancy (and Postpartum)
Pregnant women appear to be highly vulnerable to serious complications from swine flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that since April, pregnant women have been in intensive care with swine flu and 28 have died. One of the survivors is Aubrey Opdyke, a year-old Florida waitress and former high-school swimmer who was hospitalized with swine flu during her pregnancy and lost her baby. Donald G. McNeil Jr. In the four months she was hospitalized, she spent five weeks in a coma, suffered six collapsed lungs and a near-fatal seizure. Her muscles and lungs are still so weak that she uses a walker.
H1N1 Influenza in Pregnancy: What All Obstetric Care Providers Ought to Know
Pregnant women and their fetuses are at high risk of infection with the novel H1N1 influenza A virus. Obstetric providers need to be prepared to provide the care necessary to address the increased morbidity, mortality, and pregnancy-related complications including spontaneous miscarriage and preterm birth faced by pregnant women during an influenza pandemic. This article reviews the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention strategies for the current H1N1 influenza pandemic. Human infection with the novel H1N1 strain of the influenza A virus formerly called swine flu was first identified in April Pregnant women are at especially high risk for the development of complications of H1N1 influenza A.
Are you expecting and stressed about swine flu? Wondering how you can avoid exposure if not media overexposure and protect yourself and your baby-to-be from this new virus? A: Like the regular seasonal flu, swine flu technically called the H1N1 flu is a viral infection that affects the respiratory system which includes the nose, throat, and lungs and is very contagious.