A potentially preventable case of serious influenza infection in a pregnant patient

Parkins, Michael D.; Fonseca, Kevin; Peets, Adam D.; Laupland, Kevin B.; Shamseddin, Khaled; Gill, M. John
October 2007
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;10/9/2007, Vol. 177 Issue 8, p851
Academic Journal
Case Study
The article presents a case study of a 16-year-old pregnant teenager with a 5-day history of increasing dyspnea, low-grade fever, nausea and vomiting. She had taken amoxicillin for 3 days based on a presumptive diagnosis of pneumonia, but without any clinical benefit. Her past medical history included mild asthma. Maternal vaccination with inactivated influenza trivalent vaccine has the potential to reduce the significant maternal, fetal and infant morbidity and mortality associated with influenza infection.


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