For Pregnant Women with Flu, This Rx Could Help

Women who get the flu during pregnancy are
at risk for serious illness, and time is often of the essence when treating the problem.
One treatment may be able to help. I’m Shelby Cullinan with your latest health news. In a new study, researchers from the CDC found
that early treatment with the antiviral medication oseltamivir (brand name Tamiflu) could potentially
shorten the length of hospital stays in pregnant women with severe flu. In this study, women
with severe flu who were treated with oseltamivir within two days of symptom onset stayed in
the hospital about five fewer days than those who were not treated early, researchers found.
Women who were hospitalized for severe flu were less likely to have been vaccinated against
flu. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccination for everyone over the age of six months, including
pregnant women.

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