BACKGROUND: Swine influenza is a highly contagious acute respiratory disease of pigs, caused by one of several swine influenza A viruses . Influenza A ( H1N1) shown to be major global health problem with world health organization . In Egypt ,there many cases infected with H1N1. To prevent further spread of infection Proper knowledge regarding the swine flu disease are crucial protection'against the disease. One group at higher risk of infection are pregnant women some of them may incorrect knowledge regarding swine flu disease.
PURPOSE: To assess pregnant women knowledge regarding A (H1N1) swine influenza.
DESIGN: Adescriptive study design was used.
SETTING: The study conducted at Benha University Hospital in antenatal clinic .This setting was choosen as considered educational place.
SUBJECTS : A convenient sample was used ,200 pregnant women were recruited in the study ,this size represent one third of the last year of pregnant women attending ante natal clinic ,free from obstetrical and medical problems in second tri-miester of pregnancy.
RESULTS: The main findings of the present study , 41.0% of them were multi gravidae , 78.0% of them in second trimister of pregnancy-Regarding knowledge ,54% of them had satisfactory knowledge , while 46% had unsatisfactory knowledge .Regarding Practices ,68.5% of them had poor practies, while 31.5 % had good practies about swine flu disease.
CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS: The present study concluded that pregnant women(54%) had satisfactory knowledge and poor practices regarding swine flu disease . Based on the findings , it is recommended to provide health education for pregnant women about swine flu disease and its preventive measures at the antenatal clinic through media.