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Pregnancy & H1N1 Facts for Healthcare Workers


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DMC Heart Hospital First in U.S. to Use New Device to Treat Vascular Disease
10/13/2014
The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) today announced Drs. Theodore Schreiber and Mahir Elder are first in the country to use the Lutonix ® 035 Drug Coated Balloon PTA Catheter (DCB), the first and only DCB approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Groundbreaking Book Offers ‘New Hope’ for Teens with Heart Health Issues
10/10/2014
A veteran team of pediatric researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, part of the Detroit Medical Center, and the Wayne State University School of Medicine have come up with some surprising insights that offer new hope for teenagers who struggle with chest-pain.
DMC Nurse Recognized as Magnet Nurse of the Year
10/10/2014
The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital is pleased to announce that one of its clinical nurses, Kirsten Roberts, MSN-Ed, RN, CVN-I BC, has been selected as the 2014 National Magnet Nurse of the Year in the Empirical Outcomes category.
Free Program for Women Living with the Cancer Experience
10/07/2014
The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital is hosting a free program for women living with the cancer experience. The 12th Annual Just For You event will take place on Friday, October 17 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Mystic Creek Golf Club, located at 1 Champions Circle in Milford.
Detroit Medical Center Successfully Completes Second Year Using ACO Model
09/18/2014
The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) is pleased to announce the successful completion of the second year of operation of its Michigan Pioneer ACO Model.
Children’s Hospital of Michigan Implements Visitation Restrictions
09/17/2014
Like hospitals throughout the Midwest, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan at the Detroit Medical Center has experienced an influx of patients with viral respiratory illnesses. Younger children are particularly susceptible to catching and spreading these illnesses, according to Prashant V. Mahajan, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., division chief and research director in Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
Detroit Medical Center and Medical Weight Loss Clinic Host Free Weight-Loss and Wellness Event “Your New Self – The Shape of Things to Come…”
09/11/2014
The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and Medical Weight Loss Clinic (MWLC) – which earlier this year announced an exclusive partnership to offer patients, both surgical and non-surgical, a comprehensive spectrum of weight-loss services – today announced plans to host a unique, no-cost weight-loss and wellness community event.
First Lady Sue Snyder applauds Detroit Medical Center’s efforts to advance safe sleep practices
09/08/2014
Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder today praised collaborative efforts between the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and the Michigan Departments of Human Services (DHS) and Community Health (MDCH) to raise awareness of the dangers of unsafe sleep practices with new parents. The collaboration goes beyond requirements of the new Michigan Infant Safe Sleep Act signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder in May.
“Mama Palooza" event to help expectant mothers prevent preterm births
09/02/2014
Detroit mothers and mothers-to-be can ensure the best possible healthy start for their children by attending the Mama Palooza on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
Detroit Medical Center Awarded National Health Care Innovation Award
08/29/2014
DMC among few to receive $10 million award from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to test new primary care model in Detroit.
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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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