Increased Risk of Swine Flu during Pregnancy by Dr Sloan
Influenza viruses (commonly known as the flu viruses) are divided into three broad categories, which are influenza A, B or C. Influenza A is the most common type. The new virus that is causing the H1N1 flu (or commonly known as the swine flu), is a variation of influenza A.
Influenza AH1N1 is reportedly a deadly variety from the mutated virus strains of the deadly avian flu (or bird flu) and the equally deadly swine flu. These viruses are airborne, and spread across borders, first infecting animals, then humans.
The World Health Organization (WHO) phase 6 pandemic indicates that AH1N1 influenza is occurring all around the world due to the H1N1 flu virus and that human infection is widespread. It continues to issue warnings, advice and caution about the next wave of influenza when people have forgotten, gotten lax and taken things for granted.
Although the specific adverse effects of H1N1 flu on pregnancy are unknown, anyone at high risk of complications from seasonal flu is thought to be at high risk of complications from H1N1 flu, especially pregnant mothers.
Pregnancy puts extra stress on the heart and lungs besides affecting the immune system. These factors increase the risk of developing serious complications of the flu, such as pneumonia and respiratory distress, which may lead to miscarriage, premature labor or other pregnancy problems.
Additionally, our natural immunity against the H1N1 swine influenza virus is limited, as it is a new strain of influenza virus, and our immune system has not developed immunity against it yet.
Pregnant women are particularly susceptible, especially during the annual winter flu season. It is crucial for people to be constantly concerned about influenza and stay informed.
Dr. Sloan, MD., is a qualified practicing medical doctor with a passion for the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and the prevention of illnesses and diseases. Subscribe for his newsletter containing solid information and advice at http://www.drsloanmd.com.