Unlike seasonal flu, the H1N1 flu strain attacks the young,
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended
that children 6 months old and older be a priority to receive the
H1N1 vaccination. Pregnant women and those caring for infants less
than 6 months old are also a priority. Pregnant moms are four times
more likely to be hospitalized with an unusually high death rate,
according to Dr. Seema Venkatachalam of Northwestern Specialists
for Women and clinical instructor at Northwestern University's
Feinberg School of Medicine.
Pregnant moms should call their doctor immediately if they have
a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue
and possibly diarrhea and vomiting, she says. Moms who are nursing
should continue breastfeeding, but should take extra precautions
and wear a mask when in close contact with baby, she says.
Melaney Arnold, a spokesperson for the Illinois Department of
Health, says the agency is encouraging parents to vaccinate
children for both the H1N1 virus and the regular seasonal flu. That
may mean children receive three shots: two for H1N1 and one for
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