Evidence of swine flu risk to pregnant women rises - page 18

Evidence of swine flu risk to pregnant women rises; experts urge early treatment Remember that the CDC is now recommending special considerations for pregnant HCW. Most hospitals and health care facilities have not yet... Read More

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    El Monte, California

    http://cbs2.com/local/Pregnant.Swine.Flu.2.1277283.html

    Quote from cbs2.com
    Monica Rodriguez, 27, who was 5 months pregnant with her second child, came down with a severe cough and fever that was ultimately diagnosed as the H1N1 flu. Rodriguez, who lived in El Monte, died Sunday.

    Gonzalez, speaking to NewsCentral's Suraya Fadel in Spanish, said Rodriguez was in and out of several local clinics, but her condition got worse. Gonzalez took her to Methodist Hospital in Arcadia, where she was rushed into intensive care.

    Just days after being admitted, Gonzalez and her unborn baby died.
    (hat tip pfi/big red)
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    Chicago, Illinois

    http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/h1...2.1283759.html

    I don't understand this diagnosis.

    Quote from cbs2chicago.com
    A 25-year-old Roseland woman died Friday in part from the H1H1 virus, authorities said.

    Carrie Brinson, 25, of 10233 S. King Dr., was pronounced dead at 1:25 a.m. Friday at Rush University Medical Center, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

    A Saturday autopsy determined Brinson died from H1N1 influenza, pneumonia and intrauterine pregnancy, according to the medical examiner's office. The death was ruled natural.
    (hat tip flutrackers/JimO)
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    I suspect the reporter copied portions of the official autopsy report. Maybe the autopsy report listed "intrauterine pregnancy" (in an official manner) to distinguish the pregnancy from an ectopic pregnancy.
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    That's pretty standard OB-speak, often abbreviated 'IUP.' Pregnancies can establish themselves elsewhere, and especially in a pregnant woman's death you'd want to know that the pregnancy was intrauterine and not ectopic or abdominal.
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    Chicago, Illinois

    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?sec...cal&id=7096220

    Quote from abclocal.go.com
    Brinson lost his wife Carrie and their unborn child Friday night. She was 5 months pregnant and they were looking forward to starting a family after four miscarriages.

    A couple of weeks ago, Carrie came down with flu symptoms and after a few days she was taken to Rush University Medical Center where tests showed she had the H1N1 virus.

    Brinson says his wife didn't receive the vaccine because he says it wasn't available.
    (hat tip pfi/aurora)
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    Manchester, UK

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti....html?ITO=1490

    Quote from www.dailymail.co.uk
    Susan Ford, 31, was 35 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to hospital with severe, flu-like symptoms.
    Her condition deteriorated rapidly and she was given an emergency caesarean section early the following day.

    Staff delivered a healthy daughter, Poppy, but Miss Ford's condition became more acute and she died over the weekend, just 18 days after becoming a mother.

    Yesterday her devastated family questioned why she had not been treated on a special blood oxygenating machine.
    (hat tip pfi/homebody)
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    Silver Creek, Mississippi

    http://www.wapt.com/health/21500629/detail.html

    This is a strange story. Is this a relapse of flu? We know that many people do start to get better, and then suddenly get worse because of the onset of a pneumonia. They don't tell us how long she was out of the hospital before being readmitted with pnemonia.

    Quote from www.wapt.com
    A Silver Creek woman, who was forced to give birth early after being diagnosed with swine flu, was recently hospitalized again after suffering a relapse, her mother said.

    Genita Magee was almost eight months pregnant when she started suffering from cold-like symptoms. Magee was hospitalized and her symptoms continued to worsen, her mother, Dorothy Lenoir said. Doctors were forced to deliver her baby almost a month early.

    After more than a month in the hospital, Magee was allowed to go home. But late last week, she was rushed to the hospital because she stopped breathing, Lenoir said. On the way there, she was involved in a wreck. Magee wasn’t injured in the wreck, but she is back in the Intensive Care Unit at Baptist Hospital in Jackson being treated for pneumonia, Lenoir said. She also has fluid on her lungs.
    (hat tip pfi/homebody)
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    Evansville, Indiana

    http://www.courierpress.com/news/200...ed-flu--symp/?

    Quote from www.courierpress.com
    St. Mary’s has reported four confirmed cases of swine flu to the health department...

    Only one of the four - Jennifer McGarrh - remained in the hospital Sunday. McGarrh was pregnant when she was admitted in September and is still listed in critical condition, though she is no longer being treated in the Intensive Care Unit.
    (hat tip pfi/
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    Indigo girl: You seem so willing to share all of your knowledge about H1N1, can you PLEASE guide me to some information on Pregnant women recieving the vaccine vs. not recieving the vaccine. What are the risks of taking the vaccine vs not taking it. I was soooo against the vaccine two weeks ago but now and rethinking it because my daughter just found out she is 7 weeks pregnant!!. I am not asking for medical advice just knowledge to help her make a decision on weather she will get a H1N1 vaccine. I am just searching for educated nurses mostly because you all see this up close. Thank you from a Pre-nursing student
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    Indigo girl: You seem so willing to share all of your knowledge about H1N1, can you PLEASE guide me to some information on Pregnant women recieving the vaccine vs. not recieving the vaccine. What are the risks of taking the vaccine vs not taking it. I was soooo against the vaccine two weeks ago but now and rethinking it because my daughter just found out she is 7 weeks pregnant!!. I am not asking for medical advice just knowledge to help her make a decision on weather she will get a H1N1 vaccine. I am just searching for educated nurses mostly because you all see this up close. Thank you from a Pre-nursing student
    From what I have seen the propaganda against the swine flu vax is not founded on any proof. If there was any, someone would have surely posted something significant by now yet all we have seen are links to sites with no scientific research or proof. It is a mystery to me what all of the suspicion is about.

    I had not yet heard of any adverse effects for pregnant women with this vaccine, but it just came out. In its favor, is that it is exactly the same as the seasonal vaccine except that is a strain change. The testing has been done to determine best effective doses for the different groups of recipients. Nothing else is different.

    I have been seeing a consistent effort to try to link this vaccine with a vaccine produced for a completely different virus over 30 years ago. It makes no real sense. Why would anyone believe that there is a link when it is not even the same virus? The 1976 virus never even went pandemic yet here we are with a real pandemic on our hands, killing
    otherwise healthy pregnant women and little kids, and people are going to pass up a vaccine that is specific for this strain because they are afraid of what happened over 30 years ago? This defies all logic.

    This novel virus can be very dangerous for pregnant women. I started documenting cases early on because of the well known history of how pandemic viruses target pregnant women, and right from the first American case, it was apparent that this was novel virus was going to do this also. Your daughter should talk to her health care provider and make her best choice. I hope that she chooses the vaccine because not only will she be protecting herself but also that baby. I am heartsick about the deaths of all of these lovely young women. Seriously, it tears me up to read each case. There is no longer any reason for them to continue to be at risk in this random roll of the dice that the flu is performing. No one knows who will be unlucky, but it seems foolish to tempt fate when there is a good alternative. Not every pregnant woman with swine flu will be adversely effected, but we don't get to know who will in advance. If your daughter is worried about thimerasol, she can get the single dose syringe option without it.

    No vaccine or medication for that matter, is totally without risk, but I personally do believe that the benefits outweigh the risks for this vaccine, and I am extremely gratified that it has finally arrived. So what are the risks? The same risks that there would be for any vaccine. Some are worried about Guillan Barre again because of 1976. GB can occur naturally as a result of getting viruses, and rarely has been associated with some vaccines. Will the shot give someone GB? I don't have a crystal ball, but would there be any greater risk than with the seasonal vax? Probably not, because this
    is only a strain change, and everything else about the vaccine is the same. The idea that it might because it happened in 1976 again defies all logic. There is no connection between the two vaccines or the two viruses. The 1976 swine virus died out. It has never reappeared, and if anyone thinks that thinks that it has, they should be prepared
    to back this up with credible evidence which of course, does not exist.
    Last edit by indigo girl on Nov 5, '09


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