Despite study linking flu during pregnancy and autism, Kelberman Center urging mothers not to panic


A new study out of Denmark finds that children born to mothers who had the flu during pregnancy are at a slightly higher risk for autism.

However, experts from the Kelberman Center urge mothers not to panic. They say it is important to realize only about one percent of women who did experience influenza or the flu had a child with autism.

There is no evidence of an increased risk among women who had sinus, colds, or urinary tract infection.

Experts said it's also important to realize that the people conducting the research are not doctors. Also, the research is still in its very early stages.

"What they do is look at a broad array of variables and once they find some connections then they will be able to narrow it down and do some more experimental research," said Dr. Jean Jacobson of the Kelberman Center. "In experimental research you can really link together cause and effect. We are very far from that now."

There are mixed opinions when it comes to whether or not pregnant women should get a flu shot. Experts suggest consulting your doctor.

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