I wouldn't let anyone scare me about this. There are over 6 million PREGNANT women in the U.S. alone each and every year. (http://www.guttmacher.org/in-the-know/index.html
) This is a HUGE number... how many of those have died from the swine flu? In fact the total # of deaths from swine flu in general is only in the hundreds and that includes everyone!!
It is true that pregnant women ARE "MORE" at risk of complications from swine flu than other people with the virus. However, what they are NOT telling you is that the swine flu is not unique in this respect!
Pregnant women have ALWAYS been more susceptible to complications of the flu! Were you scared of being pregnant during flu season in years past? If not, then you probably needn't be overly concerned this flu season either!
Even healthy pregnant women can have medical complications from the flu. This has been known since at least 1998 when a study examined the effect of the flu on pregnant women during 17 previous influenza seasons.http://www.pamf.org/flu/preg.html
|The study found that during flu season, pregnant women in the third trimester were just as likely to be hospitalized for heart or lung problems as women with serious, chronic medical conditions who were not pregnant. The risk increased the farther along they were in their pregnancies. Healthy women at 37 to 42 weeks of gestation were almost five times as likely to be admitted to the hospital during the flu season for heart or lung problems as women who were one to six months postpartum. Pregnant women with asthma are at particularly high risk for hospitalization during flu season.
If I were pregnant this winter, I would be practicing normal common sense hygiene like I do each and every winter, including avoiding visiting friends or family members who are ill or recently ill, washing hands often after going out in public, etc.
I will NOT let the "media" or anyone else scare me and my unborn child into being human guinea pigs for this new vaccine.