Flu in Pregnant Women Linked to Higher Autism Risk

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Flu in Pregnant Women Linked to Higher Autism Risk
Fri, 11-16-2012 - 3:22pm

Time Magazine is reporting on a recently released study in Pediatrics that found an increased risk for autism if the mom had a fever while pregnant;

When the researchers compared the mothers’ answers to the registry of developmental disorders, they found that moms who fought the flu while expecting had children with double the risk of being diagnosed with autism before their third birthday. Mothers who endured flu-based fevers for seven days or more had triple the likelihood of having kids with autism, and those mothers also had a 60% greater chance of having a child diagnosed with developmental difficulties falling into the more expansive category of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2012/11/12/pregnant-moms-flu-linked-to-higher-risk-of-autism-among-children/#ixzz2CQ2ERkV2

Do you think that this study is a good basis for all women of child bearing age to get the flu shot in case they do find themselves pregnant?