Study: Pregnancy causes surprising changes in how the immune system responds to the flu

September 23, 2014 6:54 AM

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When pregnant women get influenza, they tend to get really sick. Flu complications such as pneumonia are more common in pregnant women than other healthy young adults, and their risk of death from flu is higher, too.

“We were surprised by the overall finding,” said , MD, PhD, assistant professor of infectious diseases and the study’s senior author. “We now understand that severe influenza in pregnancy is a hyperinflammatory disease rather than a state of immunodeficiency. This means that treatment of flu in preg...

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