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If a pregnant woman catches the flu is it possible to pass the virus into her unborn child?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. Marlon White
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Viral flu can be harmful to a pregnant mother but the baby will not acquire the flu virus.
It is very important for all pregnant women to receive the flu vaccine when it is available before flu season arrives.

In brief: No
Viral flu can be harmful to a pregnant mother but the baby will not acquire the flu virus.
It is very important for all pregnant women to receive the flu vaccine when it is available before flu season arrives.
Dr. Marlon White
Dr. Marlon White
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Hard to say
We know well that any virus that enters the blood (like flu) can pass to baby.
How this affects baby is hard to say. Moms with a minor case will recover and may never have known they had flu. But some will have it so bad they die during pregnancy.An exposed fetus is not available for study during the pregnancy.

In brief: Hard to say
We know well that any virus that enters the blood (like flu) can pass to baby.
How this affects baby is hard to say. Moms with a minor case will recover and may never have known they had flu. But some will have it so bad they die during pregnancy.An exposed fetus is not available for study during the pregnancy.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
In brief: Media coverage was
given to one study from Denmark that showed a 3-fold increase in Autistic Spectrum Disorder in offspring of women who had the "flu" with fever for a week during pregnancy.
No follow-up studies are available yet., but it is prudent to get a flu vaccine at least 2 months before conception or a flu shot, not the intranasal live virus, in the 2nd trimester if unprotected.

In brief: Media coverage was
given to one study from Denmark that showed a 3-fold increase in Autistic Spectrum Disorder in offspring of women who had the "flu" with fever for a week during pregnancy.
No follow-up studies are available yet., but it is prudent to get a flu vaccine at least 2 months before conception or a flu shot, not the intranasal live virus, in the 2nd trimester if unprotected.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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