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Flu During Pregnancy May Be Linked to Autism Risk

Nov. 12, 2012 -- Children born to mothers who had the flu during pregnancy or fevers lasting more than a week may have a slightly higher risk for autism, new research suggests.

"Our findings are interesting for research purposes, but they should not alarm women who are pregnant," says researcher Hjordis Osk Atladottir, MD, PhD, of Denmark’s University of Aarhus. "It needs to be emphasized that around 98% of the women in this study who experienced influenza or fever or took antibiotics during pregnancy did not have children with autism."

The study, published today in the journal Pediatrics, included children born in Denmark between 1997 and 2002, including those with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

Flu, Fever, and Autism

During their pregnancies and soon after giving birth, the mothers of the children were asked about their illnesses, fevers, and use of antibiotics.

There was no evidence of an increase in autism risk among children born to women who had colds, sinus infections, and urinary and genital tract infections during pregnancy.

This was reassuring because these are some of the most common infections among pregnant women, Atladottir says.

But having the flu during pregnancy was linked to a twofold increase in a woman’s chance of having a child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder before the age of 3.

Children whose mothers reported having a fever lasting for more than a week had a threefold increase in autism risk.

Still, despite these increases, the overall risk remained low.

Does Infection Alter the Fetal Brain?

Animal studies suggest that fighting off infection during pregnancy can affect the developing fetal brain, says Coleen Boyle, PhD, who directs the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.

But she says it is not clear if fetal exposure to infection or fever plays any role -- even a small one -- in autism risk.

Boyle says flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant.

That is why the CDC and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that pregnant women be especially vigilant about getting flu shots during flu season.

‘No Single Cause of Autism’

Pediatrics professor Susan L. Hyman, MD, of the University of Rochester Medical Center, says a major strength of the study was the reporting of illnesses during pregnancy and not years later after the children’s diagnosis was known.

Pediatrician Andrew Adesman, MD, says while the role of genetics in autism is beginning to be understood, the non-genetic contributors to the disorder mostly remain a mystery.

Adesman is chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York.

"It is important to recognize that there is no single cause of autism," he says. "There are many different lines of research that are being pursued, and some will inevitably prove more fruitful than others."

http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/news/20121109/flu-pregnancy-autism

by on Nov. 12, 2012 at 7:54 PM
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TTC2Long
by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 1:43 AM
Oh you and your critical thinking. You must be one of those "dirty hippies" I'm always hearing about. ;)

Quoting jellyphish:

ONE PER CENT of women with the flu during pregnancy have children with autism. How is 1% enough to make a correlation? Especially when they do no comparison with women who did get the flu shot?! There's no control group!!
And, because they did no study with the shot, they are jumping from 'flu causes autism (one per cent of the time!)' to 'the flu shot is safe and is the only way to prevent the flu in pregnancy.'
And they say it is the immune response that affects baby's brain. HELLO!!! Vaccines elicite immune response and affect babies' brains both directly and indirectly!!
There are so many things wrong with this POS "study"!
No thanks, I'm not an idiot!
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maddiesmommy5
by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 5:51 AM

 really? wow...dont even know what to say to that, there is no control group and 1% somehow means there is a relation between the 2?WTH

Tree-Tree
by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 7:07 AM
None of us have ever had a flu shot and most likely never will.
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hapababies
by Silver Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 7:31 AM
There was a mod who posted this same article in the autism support group. It seemed that most women who had children with autism said that they didn't get the flu, but had gotten the shot when they were pregnant.
On the flip side, there were women who said that they didn't have the flu or the flu shot, and had children with autism.
Sometimes I think these researchers are pulling at straws, and hoping that they are right.


Quoting jellyphish:

ONE PER CENT of women with the flu during pregnancy have children with autism. How is 1% enough to make a correlation? Especially when they do no comparison with women who did get the flu shot?! There's no control group!!
And, because they did no study with the shot, they are jumping from 'flu causes autism (one per cent of the time!)' to 'the flu shot is safe and is the only way to prevent the flu in pregnancy.'
And they say it is the immune response that affects baby's brain. HELLO!!! Vaccines elicite immune response and affect babies' brains both directly and indirectly!!
There are so many things wrong with this POS "study"!
No thanks, I'm not an idiot!

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hapababies
by Silver Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 7:33 AM
When I was pregnant with my first son was when there was the big swine flu epidemic. I was scared of the flu, but I was more nervous about the shot. And that was way before I had even done any research on vaccines, it was just my gut telling me not to get the vaccine.
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jellyphish
by Platinum Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 9:16 AM
I'm the cleanest dirty hippie I know!

Quoting TTC2Long:

Oh you and your critical thinking. You must be one of those "dirty hippies" I'm always hearing about. ;)



Quoting jellyphish:

ONE PER CENT of women with the flu during pregnancy have children with autism. How is 1% enough to make a correlation? Especially when they do no comparison with women who did get the flu shot?! There's no control group!!
And, because they did no study with the shot, they are jumping from 'flu causes autism (one per cent of the time!)' to 'the flu shot is safe and is the only way to prevent the flu in pregnancy.'
And they say it is the immune response that affects baby's brain. HELLO!!! Vaccines elicite immune response and affect babies' brains both directly and indirectly!!
There are so many things wrong with this POS "study"!
No thanks, I'm not an idiot!
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jellyphish
by Platinum Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 9:17 AM
1 mom liked this
Nah, they don't care if they're actually right, they just want us to believe they're right.

Quoting hapababies:

There was a mod who posted this same article in the autism support group. It seemed that most women who had children with autism said that they didn't get the flu, but had gotten the shot when they were pregnant.

On the flip side, there were women who said that they didn't have the flu or the flu shot, and had children with autism.

Sometimes I think these researchers are pulling at straws, and hoping that they are right.




Quoting jellyphish:

ONE PER CENT of women with the flu during pregnancy have children with autism. How is 1% enough to make a correlation? Especially when they do no comparison with women who did get the flu shot?! There's no control group!!
And, because they did no study with the shot, they are jumping from 'flu causes autism (one per cent of the time!)' to 'the flu shot is safe and is the only way to prevent the flu in pregnancy.'
And they say it is the immune response that affects baby's brain. HELLO!!! Vaccines elicite immune response and affect babies' brains both directly and indirectly!!
There are so many things wrong with this POS "study"!
No thanks, I'm not an idiot!

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amazzonia
by Bronze Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 9:21 AM

In the paSt few months they had linked autism to about everything....autism is on the rise, 20 years ago no one was getting flu shots, so it just doesn't make sense, is more likely that having a flu shot increases the risk!

Baby4us09
by Rebecca on Nov. 14, 2012 at 10:01 AM

I was forced to get the flu vax in the service and my son is on the ASD. Hmmm...

I had to get every vaccine known to man.

Mrs.Salz
by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I don't think vaccines are the ONLY cause of autism, but it definitely seems like one of them.... but I think big pharma is doing everything possible to steer research away from that direction.

Quoting hapababies:

There was a mod who posted this same article in the autism support group. It seemed that most women who had children with autism said that they didn't get the flu, but had gotten the shot when they were pregnant.
On the flip side, there were women who said that they didn't have the flu or the flu shot, and had children with autism.
Sometimes I think these researchers are pulling at straws, and hoping that they are right.


Quoting jellyphish:

ONE PER CENT of women with the flu during pregnancy have children with autism. How is 1% enough to make a correlation? Especially when they do no comparison with women who did get the flu shot?! There's no control group!!
And, because they did no study with the shot, they are jumping from 'flu causes autism (one per cent of the time!)' to 'the flu shot is safe and is the only way to prevent the flu in pregnancy.'
And they say it is the immune response that affects baby's brain. HELLO!!! Vaccines elicite immune response and affect babies' brains both directly and indirectly!!
There are so many things wrong with this POS "study"!
No thanks, I'm not an idiot!


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