New evidence out this week finds children whose mothers had the flu or a fever lasting more than a week while they were pregnant, may be at a higher risk of developing autism. The large Danish study looked at nearly 97-thousand children born between 1997 and 2003.
The study in the journal Pediatrics found no link between autism and minor infections like colds, urinary, genital infections, or the use of antibiotics. When it came to pregnant mothers with the flu, the risk of autism was twice as great. Investigators say more research needs to be done to better understand the connection.
In the meantime, the take home message is if you are pregnant or even of child bearing age; get your flu shot as we head into flu season. It's safe and effective, and it's worth the effort if this theory proves true in further study.
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