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Flu and pregnancy

Updated: Friday, January 18 2013, 04:56 PM EST
Getting the flu is dangerous for pregnant moms -- but there's virtually *no* risk in getting a flu shot.

That's the conclusion of a study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Researchers found *no* evidence the influenza vaccine increased the risk of fetal death in pregnant women.

The study came about after many pregnant moms expressed concerns over taking the vaccine during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.
For information about flu activity in your area visit and click on Flu Outbreak.
It's under "Hot Topics" on the top of the page.

Flu and pregnancy

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Flu Signs and Symptoms

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:


Flu Symptoms (more intense than common cold):

  • Fever 
  • Body aches
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Dry cough are more common and intense
  • Chills
  • HeadachesCommon

Cold Symptoms:  
  • Stuffy/runny nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever is rare
  • Slight body aches
  • Mild fatigue

Source: Centers for Disease Control

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