TUCSON, Ariz. – Pregnant women in Arizona with questions about seasonal or H1N1 influenza can get answers with a simple toll-free phone call.
The Arizona Pregnancy Riskline operates weekdays at 1-888-285-3410. Year-round, this statewide public service provides accurate information to callers about possible effects a medication or substance may have during pregnancy or breastfeeding. During flu season, counselors are ready to answer questions from pregnant women and their families about H1N1 and seasonal influenza infections, flu vaccines and the use of antiviral medications.
“Because pregnant women are at an increased risk for severe complications resulting from an H1N1 virus infection, we cannot stress enough the importance of their learning as much as they can about prevention and treatment,” said Dee Quinn, genetic counselor and director of the Arizona Pregnancy Riskline.
The Pregnancy Riskline is a service of the Arizona Teratology Information Program. Teratology is the study of birth defects caused by exposures during pregnancy. The program is administered by the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and College of Medicine, and collaborates with the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center.
The Arizona Pregnancy Riskline has partnered with the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, a network of professionals in the United States and Canada, to monitor pregnancy outcomes in women who receive vaccines or antiviral medications during pregnancy. The surveillance study is a nationwide effort to collect safety information that will help provide facts to pregnant women in the future.
The statewide Arizona Pregnancy Riskline does not provide information about flu vaccination clinics or vaccine availability. A counselor will return calls about viral infections, vaccine safety and medications within one business day.
For more information about the Arizona Pregnancy Riskline, please visit www.pharmacy.arizona.edu/outreach/pregnancy/