Pregnant women have long been recognized to be at increased risk of complications due to influenza, based on the experience with seasonal influenza and with the influenza pandemics of 1918 and 1957. In April of 2009, a novel influenza virus, 2009 H1N1, emerged and resulted in the first influenza pandemic in over 40 years. Data from the recent pandemic have shown that pregnant women with 2009 H1N1 influenza are at increased risk for hospitalization and death. This talk will review data on the effects of 2009 H1N1 influenza on pregnant women, the recommendations developed for pregnant women regarding prevention and treatment of 2009 H1N1, and CDC’s response efforts directed at this population.
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