What beckybird said….
And if they were diagnosed with flu, were they given drugs for said flu?
If it is true, it just adds to the idea that fetuses are vulnerable, and that we should tread carefully where they are concerned. Carefully, to me, does not include injecting vaccine into pregnant women (how do we know vaccines are safe in pregnant women? We don't) I would increase hand washing, decrease hanging out in highly crowded places during flu season, etc. I also think workplaces need to do a better job encouraging and supporting people in staying home when they are sick.
There are numerous flu strains floating around. The vaccine only prevent a few. While I do believe the vaccine prevents a (very small!) number of flu's, it might depress the immune system of the recently vaxxed and leave them vulnerable to other viruses and flu strains circulating. This is speculative - but I know so many who got sick with something flu-like after the vax, and if this "flu like illness" also confers a bipolar risk, then that is a problem.
Lastly, the only way to figure out if a vaccine may have something to do with decreasing bipolar rates would be to compare the offspring of those vaxxed for flu during pregnancy and those unvaxxed. That data will be a few years in coming - if we see it at all.
Edited by kathymuggle - 5/15/13 at 3:47pm