2 new Moms in Northern California Die from Swine Flu
Posted Jul 31 2009 6:48pm
We are not out of the woods yet and the H1N1 virus is still being watched with pregnant women being identified as a big risk. Also in the news recently pages at the Senate could have Swine flu, so maybe recess at this time is a good thing. BD
Swine-flu virus has claimed the lives of two Bay Area women who recently gave birth, adding to the growing body of evidence that pregnancy puts women at increased risk of flu-related hospitalization and death.
News of the deaths comes as the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that pregnant women be among the first to receive a vaccine, when it's available. The CDC also urges that anti-viral drugs like Tamiflu or Relenza be quickly administered to pregnant women with suspected influenza.
Pregnancy changes both the lung capacity and immunology of women, making it harder for them to fend off respiratory infections.