Flu in Mothers Linked to Autism in New Study Findings
Does the flu cause autism? A new study out today shows a link between mothers who suffered the flu while pregnant and the rate of giving birth to a child with autism. This Danish study is actually the second which suggests their may be a link.
With a continual rise in both the diagnosis and awareness of autism in recent years, researchers all over the world are striving to figure out this elusive disorder.
Autism is described, per wikipedia, as "a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. The diagnostic criteria require that symptoms become apparent before a child is three years old. Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood."
The researchers aren't saying this is a definitive cause, and agree that more studies need to be conducted before concluding their findings. But what they did find is that "children were more likely to be diagnosed with autism if their mothers had the flu or developed a prolonged fever during the first or second trimester of pregnancy."
Something to watch out for - and may be a good motivator to get that flu shot when you are expecting!