'Infantile autism' risk increases in children whose mothers have flu while pregnant, study finds

Monday, November 12, 2012


Kids whose mothers have the flu while pregnant may be at slightly higher risk of developing ''infantile autism'' as toddlers.

That's what a new Danish study finds, after studying more than 100,000 women. Scientists say activation of a mother's immune system, such as by infection with the flu, could affect a fetus's developing brain.

The researchers note that 99 percent of women who had influenza did not have a child with autism.

Health officials recommend all women get a flu vaccine during pregnancy.

The study is in the journal Pediatrics.

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