Hi and welcome to Ask Missy Mondays where I respond to a question from readers. Today’s question comes from a frightened pregnant reader who has heard a popular news item”flu during pregnancy leads to autism“. Janet writes,
“Hi Missy, I’ve been a huge fan of your blog. As a teacher, I started reading for resources. My husband and I recently found out that we are expecting a baby. And now I’ve heard this news that if I get the flu while pregnant, it increases the likelihood that my baby will get autism. I thought that the flu vaccine itself was linked to autism. What should I do? Should I get the vaccine? I’m torn!”
Hi Janet. I’m so thrilled that you are a regular reader of the blog. Thanks! And congratulations on your pregnancy news! I can certainly understand your concern after hearing all of this on the news. It is an awful lot to make sense of.
Unfortunately, as a behavior analyst and special educator, I am not in a position to give you medical advice. I suggest that you speak with an appropriately trained health care practitioner to discuss your concerns. Also, please check back on Thursday when the Denmark study on pregnancy and the flu will be reviewed in detail.
P.S. frequent hand washing is recommended by all healthcare practitioners.
If you have a behavioral question for me email me directly at askmissy at applied behavioral strategies dot com. Thanks!