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Two pregnant women die of H1N1 in N.C.

Posted November 9, 2009
Updated November 11, 2009

— Two pregnant women have died from H1N1 in North Carolina, Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Renee McCoy said Monday. The first death was reported in June and the other in October.

Neither of them had received the H1N1 vaccine, McCoy said. The babies of both women survived.

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It was unclear where in the state the women lived. The state does not provide a breakdown of flu deaths by county, McCoy said.

Pregnant women are considered priority, at-risk groups for the H1N1 vaccine. Other at-risk groups are those who live with or care for children 6 months or younger, health care workers, people aged 6 months through 24 years, and people with chronic health problems or compromised immune systems.

On Sept. 27, the state reported that 33 people had died from the flu this year. Of those, two were children. Those deaths could have been from any strain of the flu, although H1N1 is the dominant strain at this time.

Individuals in the priority groups who wish to receive a H1N1 vaccine should contact their health care providers or their local health departments to find out about vaccine availability.

Health officials recommend getting vaccinated for both the seasonal flu and H1N1.

Those most at risk for getting the seasonal flu are people 65 and older, people of any age with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women and children under 18.


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  • Space Mountain Nov 12, 2009

    36,000 people die from the flu on average every year in the US. Only 4,000 have died so far this year from the H1N1 flu. It really is blown out of proportion when you compare it to these facts. Here is the link to the numbers.


  • Fed-up29 Nov 12, 2009

    im pregnant wiht my first child after many years of trying. There is nothing in the world..not even this scare tactic article that will make me get the swine flu vaccine. What many of these articles fail to tell you is what underlying conditions these women may have had, and whether they waited for the symptoms to get worse enough to go to seek help. they may have been without healthcare and waited til it was absolutely necessary to seek help. In comparison to the many pregnant women out there and those who have not gotten the shot and the amount that have died nothing is convincing me otherwise to rush into this.
    i dont hold much candle to vaccines anyway. i have had the chickenpoxs twice, mumps once, whopping cough twice and i was vaccinated. so NO THANK YOU TO SWINE FLU VACCINE!

  • DrJ Nov 10, 2009

    "Where is the outrage that the current administration didn't deliver the vaccine as they promised?"

    You hadn't heard yet? Obama hasn't officially taken over responsibility for anything yet. This H1N1 screw up is all Bush's fault.

  • TestForFun Nov 10, 2009

    wildcat, someone I know from Duke Med Ctr. said a baby was delivered and survived from a pregnant mom who didn't make it from H1N1 complications, but I cannot confirm that. Again, more verified information would be useful if we're to learn anything helpful from this story! But I'm hopeful at least one baby possibly survived in this scenario.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Nov 10, 2009

    I have talked to my doctor about this. Again, no useful information. I do not get pros and cons, just that I should take it because the virus is so bad. That is not enough for me.

  • webberx101 Nov 10, 2009

    How do we know that is wasn't the VACCINE that Killed them?!?! Take your vitamins!

  • hollylama Nov 10, 2009

    Great questions ncgrits1 (and others) the article would lead you to believe they weren't vaccinated but there's no telling if they were or not and they likely wouldn't report it if they were vaccinated. The thing about vaccines (as reported on Sunday Morning) you need about 90% of the population in an area to be vaccinated for "herd immunity" to be effective.

  • wildcat Nov 10, 2009

    What is the purpose of this article when it doesn't give us any useful information?

    You should talk to your doctor immediately about your welfare and prenancy.

  • wildcat Nov 10, 2009

    So sorry to hear of this. This mean 4 lives was taken by H1N1 virus. The mothers was carrying babies. My condolences to both families.

  • FromClayton Nov 10, 2009

    What is the purpose of this article when it doesn't give us any useful information? I am 5 months pregnant and still don't believe I am getting this vaccine although information like this does scare me.
    Tired of thoughtlessness

    Same here.