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H1N1 flu critical in pregnancy

19th March 2010

A study published in the British Medical Journal has revealed that pregnant women who had pandemic H1N1 flu were 13 times more likely to become critically ill and be admitted to hospital.

The study focused on Australia and New Zealand and analysed data from the middle of the southern hemisphere's 2009 winter and found that 11% of mothers and 12% of babies died after admission to intensive care with swine flu. The findings confirm earlier research that pregnant women are at higher risk of serious complications if they get the flu.

 

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