Update: Swine Flu and Pregnancy

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now strongly recommending that any pregnant woman who has symptoms of the flu be treated with an antiviral drug (Tamiflu or Relenza) without waiting for a test to confirm that she has swine flu—even though the drugs aren't generally given to pregnant women. Pregnant women with H1N1 influenza are more likely to develop serious complications such as pneumonia, denydration, and premature labor, said the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat yesterday. "The experts who have looked into this situation really strongly say that the benefits of using antiviral drugs to treat influenza in a pregnant woman outweigh the theoretical concerns about the drugs." The medications are most effective when you start taking them within 48 hours of developing symptoms, so contact your doctor if you have  fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

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