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Pregnancy & H1N1 Facts for Healthcare Workers


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Dr. Scott Henry Joins DMC Cardiovascular Institute as Director of Cardiovascular Surgery Care Uniformity
04/14/2014
Scott Henry, M.D., PhD, has joined the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) as director of cardiovascular surgery care uniformity.
National Healthcare Decisions Day Expo at DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital
04/14/2014
DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital (HVSH) is hosting an event in honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day on Wednesday, April 16.
*Notice to DMC Harper University Hospital Patients
04/03/2014
DMC Harper University Hospital has sent letters to certain patients to inform them that documents containing personal information were found by police in the possession of a former employee. This notice is an attempt to reach those patients who could not be reached by mail. The hospital is offering credit monitoring at no charge to those patients who were affected.
Detroit Medical Center First in Midwest to Use New Technology for Treating Coronary Artery Disease
04/01/2014
The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) is the first in the Midwest to use a new, state-of-the-art system for treating Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).
DMC Cardiovascular Surgeon Uses New Device to Treat Peripheral Arterial Disease
03/27/2014
The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Cardiovascular Institute’s Dr. Mahir Elder is the first in southeast Michigan to use a new, state-of-the-art device for treating peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
Detroit Medical Center and Medical Weight Loss Clinic Partner to Offer Comprehensive Weight Loss Services
02/26/2014
The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) is now the exclusive surgical weight loss partner of Medical Weight Loss Clinic and the Medical Weight Loss Clinic (MWLC) is now the exclusive non-surgical partner of the DMC.
ProCare Health Plan Inc. Renamed Harbor Health Plan
02/24/2014
The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) announced today that effective immediately ProCare Health Plan Inc., a Detroit-based Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) that offers health care coverage to Medicaid beneficiaries in Wayne County, has undergone a rebrand and will now be known as Harbor Health Plan.
Health Care Enrollee Gets the Surprise of Her Life
02/10/2014
When Stephanie Jenkins decided to take advantage of a DMC-sponsored assistance program designed to help uninsured Detroit-area citizens apply for affordable health insurance passed into law by President Obama, this hard-working Detroiter got “a wonderful surprise.”
DMC Path to Health Campaign Hosts First Community Health Care Insurance Enrollment Event
02/05/2014
The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) will host a free health care enrollment festival event this month as part of the DMC Path to Health campaign, launched in January.
DMC Surgery Hospital in Madison Heights Now Offering MAKOplasty
01/27/2014
Second robotic arm system in Oakland County added for partial knee resurfacing at DMC
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WHAT IS H1N1 INFLUENZA?
H1N1 influenza is a respiratory disease that is caused by a type A influenza virus. The current H1N1 virus contains unique genes from pig and human influenza viruses and hence is called the “Novel H1N1 Influenza Virus”. This strain of flu germ spreads from human to human and can cause illness.



Does H1N1 INFLUENZA pose special risks for pregnant women?
Pregnant women are at an increased risk of catching H1N1 or seasonal flu. Pregnant patients with H1N1 infection have an increased risk of complications. Although influenza viruses do not infect the baby while in the uterus, the high fever and any complications caused by the flu can potentially be harmful to the baby.



WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN I TAKE TO PROTECT MYSELF AND MY UNBORN BABY?
The best way to protect yourself and your unborn baby is to have a vaccination (which is safe during pregnancy). You should also make sure you follow good hygiene practices including:

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based gel hand cleaners are also good to use.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Talk to your doctor about your concerns.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF H1N1 INFLUENZA?
The symptoms of H1N1 flu are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and may include acute onset of:

  • Fever (greater than 100 F or 37.8 C)
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Stuffy nose
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with H1N1 flu.


WILL THE SYMPTOMS BE THE SAME IF I AM PREGNANT?
Yes, the symptoms of flu will be the same as in women who are not pregnant.




WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GET SICK?
If you get sick with flu-like symptoms, stay home, limit contact with others, and call your doctor as soon as possible.

  • Treat any fever right away. Tylenol® (acetaminophen) is the best treatment of fever in pregnancy.
  • Get plenty of rest and drink clear fluids.
  • Your doctor may test you for flu or will decide if you need medications to treat the flu.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and cleanse your hands.
  • Clean hands often with soap and water or alcohol- based hand rub.
  • Do not go to work, school, or other public places while you are ill.
  • Avoid close contact with other people.
  • Get emergency medical care right away if you have trouble breathing, chest pain, purple or blue lips or skin, severe vomiting and are dehydrated and/or dizzy, unresponsive or confused.


IS IT OK TO BREAST FEED MY BABY IF I AM SICK?

  • Do not stop breastfeeding if you are ill. This will help protect your baby from infection.
  • Be careful not to cough or sneeze in the baby’s face, wash your hands often.
  • Your doctor might ask you to wear a mask to keep from spreading this new virus to your baby.
  • If you are too sick to breastfeed, pump and have someone give the expressed milk to your baby.


IS THERE A VACCINE FOR H1N1 INFLUENZA?
Yes, an H1N1 virus vaccine is expected to be available in mid- to late October 2009. The CDC recommends this vaccine for pregnant women when it first becomes available. This vaccine has been tested in pregnant women and found to be safe and effective.


REMEMBER: The seasonal flu vaccine is not expected to protect against the H1N1 flu, therefore individuals are encouraged to get both types of vaccines.

 

 

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