Autism Linked to Fever & Flu??

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Autism Linked to Fever & Flu??
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Mon, 11-12-2012 - 8:55am

Perhaps the single biggest question among parents concerned about autism is what causes the developmental disorder, which now affects one in 88 children in the U.S.

A preliminary new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics found that if a woman has the flu or a prolonged fever during her pregnancy, her child may be at increased risk for autism spectrum disorders. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 97,000 children born in Denmark between 1997 and 2003 and their mothers' reports on any infections they had while they were pregnant as well as whether they had taken antibiotics.

Autism Linked to Fever & Flu During Pregnancy, Study Finds- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/12/autism-pregnancy-fever-flu_n_2103386.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009

Interesting theory!  What do you think about it? Do you plan to get the flu shot during pregnancy?

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Registered: 07-11-2012
Tue, 11-13-2012 - 1:09am

Yikes...that's an alarming stat. 1 in 88!  I'm concerned about autism as I have a kid with severe multiple food allergies and they say that food allergies, autism, ADHD, and asthma are the childhood epidemics these days all stemming from similar causes.  I'm praying all is well for this LO in all areas of health.  

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Registered: 07-30-2012
Tue, 11-13-2012 - 8:02pm

Interesting! I had the flu shot this year. Last year I had it and got the flu. It probably would have been worse had I not had the shot, but I was pretty sick. 

Good reason to stay on top of hand washing and other disease prevention tips. 

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Registered: 07-30-2012
Tue, 11-13-2012 - 8:02pm

Interesting! I had the flu shot this year. Last year I had it and got the flu. It probably would have been worse had I not had the shot, but I was pretty sick. 

Good reason to stay on top of hand washing and other disease prevention tips. 

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Registered: 11-12-2012
Thu, 11-29-2012 - 11:14am

I already did back in October.  High fevers and getting the flu is why I got the shot.