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Pregnancy & H1N1 Facts for Healthcare Workers


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Children’s Hospital of Michigan Earns Recognition as Level 4 Epilepsy Center
04/20/2015
The Children's Hospital of Michigan, at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), has gained recognition as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center, as determined by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). The hospital's information and 2015 designation will be posted on the NAEC website at www.naec-epilepsy.org and also sent to US News and World Report for use in its "Best Hospitals" analysis.
DMC, Independence Village of White Lake provide forum for caregivers
04/15/2015
The Detroit Medical Center’s (DMC) Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital and Independence Village of White Lake, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD).
Mayor Duggan and Louie Anderson stand up to fight preterm birth and assist Detroit area mothers-to-be
04/08/2015
Beloved comedian Louie Anderson will headline an inaugural anniversary celebration to benefit Make Your Date, a Detroit regional program fighting preterm birth. The event will be held May 15 at MGM Grand Detroit. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan will serve as honorary chairman of the gala fundraiser.
Taylor Teen Becomes First Patient in Michigan to Benefit From 3D Printed Heart Model to Treat Life-Threatening Aneurysm
03/31/2015
Ariana Smith, a 17-year-old Taylor teen, became the first patient at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, a part of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), and the first in Michigan, to benefit from a revolutionary 3D printed heart model to aid heart specialists in treating a very large, complex aortic aneurysm.
DMC Harper Hospital hosts brain aneurysm support group
03/20/2015
The group meets the third Monday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at DMC Harper University Hospital, 3990 John R, Detroit, in Hospitality Suite 2.
DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital's Emily Burk Named Resident of the Year by the Michigan Osteopathic Association
03/19/2015
Emily Burk, D.O., a resident at DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, was named Resident of the Year by the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA).
Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital's Emily Burk Named Resident of the Year by the Michigan Osteopathic Association
03/19/2015
Emily Burk, D.O., a resident at DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, was named Resident of the Year by the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA).
DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital Names Chief Nursing Officer
03/17/2015
The Detroit Medical Center’s (DMC) Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital announced that after an extensive external and internal search, Renay Gagleard will serve as the hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer, effective Monday, March 16.
Multi-Center Pediatric Research Study Targets Cancer with T Cells
03/05/2015
Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, part of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit are partnering with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York to offer patients a new investigational treatment option recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for children with neuroblastoma and osteosarcoma.
DMC Names DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital CEO
02/17/2015
The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) has appointed Reginald J. Eadie, M.D., to serve as DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital (DRH) CEO. Dr. Eadie, a board certified emergency medicine physician and current CEO of DMC Harper-Hutzel Hospital, will assume his new, expanded role upon the retirement of Dr. Iris Taylor March 27.
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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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