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PREGNANCY AND INFLUENZA A

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Some metabolisms are more susceptible to attacks of influenza A H1N1. According to figures provided by the WHO (World Health Organization), the flu affects people aged between 3 months and 80 years with a majority aged between 20 and 30 years.
The people more susceptible to the infections in general are children, the elderly, people with chronic diseases and pregnant women.

PREGNANCY AND INFLUENZA A

INFLUENZA A: DURING PREGNANCY


Influenza A is transmitted by air, by direct physical contact with a sick or objects touched by the patient. Pregnant women, the immune system weakened by pregnancy, so must follow some hygienic precautions . If the mother contracts the virus of influenza A H1N1 in the first month, complications such as premature delivery or pneumonia may occur. So far it has not been observed risk of transmission of influenza A from mother to child during pregnancy.
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INFLUENZA A / H1N1: AFTER CHILDBIRTH


A person with the flu is contagious between 24 and 48 hours before the onset of symptoms and between 4 to 5 days after their disappearance. Forward arrival, if the mother is still contagious, there is possibility of transmission of the disease to the child during delivery. As for breastfeeding, it is not advisable to stop even flu cases. The milk is not contaminated. It is recognized that nursing a child, a mother passes her antibodies help protect her baby against certain infections. If you can not breastfeed directly, extract the milk so that your baby can still enjoy. In all cases, hands and nipples must be very clean. You will use a sterilized container to collect the milk.

TREATMENT OF INFLUENZA A FOR PREGNANT WOMEN


The health of a pregnant woman is to be monitored very carefully. If you think you have symptoms of influenza A H1N1, please consult your doctor.
  • any fever in immediately (especially acetaminophen);
  • in case of fever, it is recommended to drink a lot;
  • a treatment antiviral is possible but should be decided by a doctor. There is no impact on breastfeeding;
  • WHO plans to provide priority vaccine against the H1N1 virus to pregnant women (second category after the nursing staff in the vaccination plan).

TO KNOW


Whatever the time of your pregnancy, observe hygiene precautions for you, around you and especially your child. Children under 1 year can not receive antiviral treatment. For questions about your health or the your child, please contact your doctor.
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