Pregnancy and Influenza
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Influenza, also called the flu, is an infection of the lungs and airways (respiratory tract). If you are pregnant, you are more likely to catch the flu. You are also more likely to have serious illness from the flu. This is because pregnancy causes changes to your body's disease-fighting system (immune system), heart, and lungs. If you develop serious illness from the flu, this can cause problems for you and your developing baby.
The influenza virus is most common during the fall and winter.
These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.). Do not drive yourself to the hospital.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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