Study finds Flu in Pregnancy Link to Autism


Flu during pregnancy could increase the risk of the unborn child being autistic, warns a new study.

Researchers found mixed evidence of a possible link between influenza during pregnancy and risk that the baby will develop autism.

They found no evidence that laboratory-diagnosis alone of maternal influenza during pregnancy is associated with risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the offspring.

But they did find a trend toward risk in mothers with a laboratory diagnosis of influenza and self-reported symptoms of severe illness.

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