Pandemic Influenza and Pregnancy: An Opportunity to Reassess Maternal Bioethics
Farrell, Ruth M.
Beigi, Richard H.
American Journal of Public Health 2009 October; 99(Suppl 2): S231-S235
Large-scale infectious epidemics present the medical community with numerous medical and ethical challenges. Recent attention has focused on the likelihood of an impending influenza pandemic caused by the H5N1 virus. Pregnant women in particular present policymakers with great challenges to planning for such a public health emergency. By recognizing the specific considerations needed for this population, we can preemptively address the issues presented by infectious disease outbreaks. We reviewed the important ethical challenges presented by pregnant women and highlighted the considerations for all vulnerable groups when planning for a pandemic at both the local and the national level.
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