'Infantile autism' risk increases in children whose mothers have flu while pregnant, study finds
November 12, 2012 (WLS) -- 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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