Can having the flu during pregnancy cause autism?
Researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found no evidence that laboratory-diagnosis alone of maternal influenza during pregnancy is associated with risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the offspring.
Can influenza cause problems during prenatal development?
A common influenza symptom fever may be associated with neural tube defects and other adverse outcomes for a developing baby. Parental vaccination also can help protect a baby from influenza after birth (because antibodies are passed to a developing baby during pregnancy).
At what point during pregnancy is it recommended to administer the influenza vaccine?
There is a lot of evidence to show that flu shots can be safely given to women during pregnancy. CDC and ACIP recommend that pregnant women get vaccinated during any trimester of their pregnancy.
Can a cold cause autism?
Combing through the data, the researchers found no link between autism risk and most common infections, such as yeast infections, herpes or respiratory illnesses.
How does influenza affect the fetus?
If you have flu while you’re pregnant, it could mean your baby is born prematurely or has a low birthweight, and can even lead to stillbirth or death in the first week of life. Getting the flu vaccine is safe during any stage of pregnancy, from the first few weeks up to your expected due date.
Does the flu damage the placenta?
The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), shows that influenza A virus (IAV) infection during pregnancy causes severe maternal and perinatal complications, despite the lack of vertical transmission across the placenta.
Is my baby protected if I got the flu shot while pregnant?
Yes, they are completely safe for your developing baby. In fact, the flu vaccine doesn’t just protect you while you’re pregnant, it’ll also protect your baby after they’re born. Newborns are too young to be vaccinated, so getting the flu shot can protect them until they’re old enough to get their own vaccine.