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Influenza, Pregnancy, and Fetal Outcome

Daniel Widelock, Lajos Csizmas and Sarah Klein
Public Health Reports (1896-1970)
Vol. 78, No. 1 (Jan., 1963), pp. 1-11
DOI: 10.2307/4591714
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4591714
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

Six outbreaks of Asian strain influenza which occurred in New York City between August 1957 and June 1961 were studied for a possible relationship with maternal and fetal mortality, prematurity, and malformations. Significantly higher mortality among pregnant women was found only during the first Asian outbreak. It was not found in any of the later periods, when A2 influenza antibodies appeared and were retained. Mothers in the post-delivery period of 10-180 days did not belong to a high-risk group. The disappearance of increased risk of influenza death among pregnant women during the later outbreaks and its relationship to immunization recommendations are discussed. No correlation could be found between maternal influenza infection and prematurity, fetal deaths, or congenital abnormalities. The authors believe that a causative relation has not been established between influenza and malformations.

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