Study: Pregnant women at greater risk of hospitalization, death from swine flu
A new study out in The Lancet, a British medical journal, has found that pregnant women are at a higher risk for hospitalization and death from swine flu than the general population.
While the study group is small, it's probably still a good idea to take note. From April 15 to May 18, there were 34 confirmed or probable cases of H1N1 in pregnant women reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control from 13 states. Eleven, or 32 percent, of those women were admitted to the hospital, which was a higher percentage than that of the general population. In addition, between April 15 and June 16, six deaths in pregnant women were reported to the CDC. A doctor quoted in this story says it is important for pregnant women -- or anyone for that matter -- who think they have the flu to get to a health care provider immediately.
While this pandemic continues to spread around the world -- and is making its mark in the bay area -- we should all be aware of what needs to be done to try to stay healthy. Officials have begun limiting swine flu testing as the flu becomes more commonplace so it's important to recognize the symptoms. Hand washing is crucial. And this link will carry you to several stories about swine flu and how it has spread around the bay area.
We shouldn't panic, but as Dory Knight-Ingram, one of our bloggers who was pregrant when she flew to a wedding recently found, you can never be too careful.
-- Sherry Robinson