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Pregnancy & H1N1 Facts for Healthcare Workers


June 20, 2014- Thousands of Women from Across the Midwest will Converge
 Last March, more than 7,000 women gathered at Joe Louis Arena to experience Dawn Seekers, metro-Detroit's largest worship service for women-only hosted by Triumph Church. Now, on Saturday, June 21, from 6 - 8 a.m. more than 10,000 women are expected to again convene for yet another dose of Dawn Seekers at the fabulous Joe Louis Arena. This FREE event will feature a soul-stirring message from Triumph’s senior pastor, Rev. Solomon W. Kinloch, Jr., and musical performances from Grammy Award-winning gospel artists CeCe Winans and Hezekiah Walker. Plus, for the first-time ever, Dawn Seekers has teamed up with the DMC, the State of Michigan and Blue Cross Blue Shield to offer FREE in-person enrollment assistance to uninsured Michigan residents eligible for Healthy Michigan, the state's newly expanded Medicaid health care insurance plan.

 

“‘Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught us, “any [church] that professes to be concerned with the souls of men and not … the social conditions that cripple them is a dry-as-dust religion,’ said Rev. Kinloch. “Our desire to change the world spiritually must be matched with the same desire to promote a healthier community. This partnership with DMC, the State of Michigan and Blue Cross Blue Shield will give us a chance to uplift women and families holistically – spiritually and physically – through Dawn Seekers.”

 

Dawn Seekers is a quarterly women-only event designed to speak to women who are broken, in despair, on the verge of giving up or those who simply need to hear a word from the Lord. This event is non-ticketed and open to all women in general public. For the first time, men will be allowed access to enter Dawn Seekers, at its conclusion around 8am, to participate in a special altar prayer for families and the opening of the enrollment fair for Healthy Michigan.

 

Attendees interested in enrolling in Healthy Michigan must bring with them proof of status/legal residency (social security number, passport, immigration document status number), state residency identification (driver’s license or utility bill) and income verification for all family members (W-2 forms, pay stubs, or proof of unemployment). Enrollment is open from 4:30 - 11a.m.


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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