New England Journal of Medicine Publishes Research Suggesting Postpartum Women Among Most Vulnerable to H1N1 Flu

Women with suspected or confirmed H1N1 influenza who are pregnant or who have delivered within the previous 2 weeks should receive prompt and aggressive antiviral treatment and be closely monitored, according to new research published online December 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

H1N1 influenza poses a special risk to pregnant women and new mothers, but life-threatening treatment delays are common in this group, a new study confirms.

Researchers from the CDC and the California Department of Public Health examined all H1N1-related hospitalizations among California women who were pregnant or had just given birth in the early months of the H1N1 pandemic.