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Colds and flu

15 March 2019

Officials see no link between miscarriage risk and flu shots

Health officials say new research has not found a miscarriage risk for women who get annual flu shots.

Health officials say further research has not found a miscarriage risk for women who get annual flu shots.

Two years ago, a puzzling study found women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots. So experts urged more research.

A new shingles vaccine

This week, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said a larger and more rigorous study found no link over three subsequent flu seasons.

Meanwhile, the CDC raised a question about a new shingles vaccine. A preliminary study found two cases of a rare paralysing condition among more than 100 000 people who got a Shingrix shot. But one of the two may have started developing symptoms before the shot. Officials say they're doing more research.

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Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
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Dr Van Deventer is currently working as a researcher at the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre at the University of Stellenbosch.

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