Study finds link between flu during pregnancy and autism

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by KVUE News

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Posted on November 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 12 at 12:46 PM

Autism is estimated to affect 1 out of every 88 children born in the United States.

Now a new study says having a fever or the flu for a week during pregnancy doubles the chances of a child being born with the disease.

Mothers who reported having a flu had the risk of having a child with autism increase from one to two percent.

Those who had a fever that lasted a week or more before their third trimester were three times more likely to have a child with autism.

While the study does not suggest that the flu or high fever causes autism, many experts said it does reinforce recommendations that all pregnant women should get a flu shot.

The findings were part of an exploratory study which was designed to look for topics to study further.
 

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