Bipolar Disorder Linked to Prenatal Flu Exposure

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 A recent study suggests another reason why pregnant women should consider the flu vaccine. Researchers believe prenatal exposure to the flu may increase a child’s risk of developing bipolar disorder later in life by nearly fourfold.

While the study conducted cannot prove gestational influenza causes a child to develop the mental disorder, the association suggests that it may be preventable.

"The idea is that if influenza is playing a causal role - and we can't say that from one study - there is a vaccine," Dr. Alan Brown, a professor of psychiatry and epidemiology at Columbia University, said in an interview with Reuters. "It's affordable and also I would argue that there are other things that pregnant women could do. For example, hand washing and staying away from people with the flu." Read more here.