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DMC QuESST Research Day Aimed at Improving Health Care Safety and Quality
04/21/2016
Yesterday, the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) recognized the winners of its fifth annual Quality Education and Safe Systems Training (QuESST) Graduate Medical Education Research Day competition.
DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital Now Performing Elective Coronary Angioplasty Procedures
04/07/2016
The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital has received approval from the state of Michigan to perform elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures, also known as elective coronary angioplasty.
DMC Employees Raise More Than 20,000 Dollars for Flint Residents
03/29/2016
The employees of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) raised $25,000 through a workplace giving campaign for the children and families affected by the Flint Water Crisis. This generous raising of funds is in addition to medical expertise previously offered by DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan.
Detroit Pediatrician Awarded Seat on National Sickle Cell Disease Advisory Committee
03/29/2016
After nearly 30 years of leadership in the battle against the chronic disease in Michigan, Dr. Wanda Whitten-Shurney will now play an expanded national role in shaping federal policy and guidelines aimed at lessening the impact of the genetically triggered blood disorder.
New Study Suggests that Children with Cardiomyopathy Gain Significant Benefits from Treating Entire Family
03/17/2016
A newly published national study by the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine researchers shows that “parental impact and family functioning” become increasingly abnormal when children with cardiomyopathy-related chronic heart disease are more severely ill than children less affected by the disease.
DMC Midtown Marketplace expands breadth of healthy food choices in Detroit and Midtown
03/15/2016
The Detroit Medical Center Midtown Marketplace a Papa Joe's Gourmet Eatery opened this past week with three new restaurants and plans to bring five more eateries on line in the coming weeks.
Pediatric Researchers Find Evidence that Help Prevent Abnormalities in Heart Muscle after Children Receive Chemotherapy
03/15/2016
A study published today by researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan DMC and the Wayne State University School of Medicine is bringing new hope to families of children who struggle with a common form of leukemia and thus must confront an elevated risk for long-term heart ailments caused by chemotherapy.
Children's Hospital of Michigan DMC Research Team Leads Cardiology Component of Clinical Trial to Protect The Hearts of Children Who Receive Chemotherapy
03/09/2016
After more than two decades of grueling research on a National Institutes of Health study, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Pediatrician-in-Chief and Chair of the Wayne State University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D. and a group of pioneering Detroit researchers have co-published a study that breaks new ground in the effort to protect children who survive two major types of blood cancer from the threat of lifelong damage to their hearts caused by chemotherapy.
Detroit Medical Center Launches the Only Zika Virus Hotline for Pregnant Women in Michigan
02/23/2016
Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Maternal-Fetal Medicine Department has launched the only Zika virus hotline in Michigan to assist expectant mothers with a history of travel to Zika affected regions and their health care providers, obtain virus testing.
Detroit Pediatric Cardiologist becomes First Physician Certified in Treatment of Adult Congenital Heart Disease
02/16/2016
For the first time ever, a Children’s Hospital of Michigan DMC physician has gained clinical certification in the rapidly expanding medical sub-specialty of adult congenital heart disease (ACHD).
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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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