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23 June 2011

Flu jab in pregnancy protects baby

Infants born to mothers who received the flu vaccine while pregnant are nearly 50% less likely to be hospitalised for the flu than infants born to mothers who did not.

Infants born to mothers who received the influenza (flu) vaccine while pregnant are nearly 50% less likely to be hospitalised for the flu than infants born to mothers who did not receive the vaccine while pregnant, according to a new collaborative study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre and colleagues.

The study, which is the first population-based, laboratory-confirmed study to demonstrate this benefit, appears in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

 
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