Tuesday, May 12, 2009
U.S. health officials are advising pregnant women to take prescription flu medicines if they are diagnosed with the new H1N1 virus.
Pregnant women don't catch H1N1 any more often than other people. But when they do, they are more likely to suffer dehydration and pneumonia. The flu also raises their risk for a premature birth.
On Tuesday, Dr. Anne Schuchat (SHOOK-it) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said risks from the virus are greater than the unknown risks to the fetus from the drugs Tamiflu and Relenza. A pregnant Texas woman who had the H1N1 virus died last week.