KUSA - A recently-released study indicates that women who had the flu for at least one week during pregnancy can increase their child's chances of autism.
The University of Colorado School of Medicine Dr. Comilla Sasson explained some of the underlying factors regarding this trend.
"We still don't really understand why kids get autism, and so moms I think are still really trying to search out what could of happened. 'Did I do something wrong during pregnancy?' And this study I think is really interesting because it shows a potential link between having a fever for a week and maybe even having a child who has autism," Sasson said.
Sasson also talked about additional concerns for mothers during pregnancy.
"So we know that there are certain viruses that can cause congenital defects. That means they can actually cause problems with the heart, the lungs developing, and now I think you know one of the biggest risks to pregnant women is the fact that they're actually one of the highest risk groups who die from the flu," Sasson said.
Sasson also talked about the significance for pregnant women getting the flu shot.
"I think there is so much great evidence to say - you're going to be healthier, you're going to be less likely to get the flu yourself and we know that pregnant women die from the flu. So if this is a simple shot, its quick, its fast, it's cheap and you know potentially that this could help your baby that is developing. It's kind of a win-win," Sasson said.
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Nate Chisholm contributed to this report.
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