Moms-to-be asking more questions about swine flu

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Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) -  "It does look like that pregnancy and swine flu is going to be a bad mix that we're going to have to watch real close.>

It's because of that, OB-GYN Dr. Joe Sams, says he and other doctors are gathering as much information about the H1N1 virus or swine flu as possible, and watching the CDC's recommendations closely as well.

"We just want to take the mindset of being prepared, ready for anything that would be coming as far as how to handle it, and treat it.   We have to really stay on top of things," said Dr. Sams.

As researchers continue to develop a swine flu vaccine, the government's vaccine advisory panel recommends health care workers, children six months and older and pregnant women be the first in line to get that vaccine--that could be out, according to some reports, as early as this fall.  Though too late for some, according to reports, between April 15th and June 16th, six pregnant women with swine flu died.

"Most pregnant women are more susceptible to getting colds and flu's and sore throats and all of those types of things.   With the immune system being slightly lower, they're just more at risk of catching the flu compared to your normal person," said Dr. Sams.

Dr. Sams says he's fielding many more questions these days from moms-to-be about swine flu, and how to stay healthy.

Still, with so many unanswered questions about swine flu and treatment, he says they're taking a pro-active approach to health care should the worst case scenario become a reality.

"We're practicing and running some drills just to be sure that if we do go to an extreme level here in Jonesboro, the hospitals are ready to take those patients and treat those patients accordingly," said Dr. Sams.


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