They Say: Flu Shots During Pregnancy Protect BabyBethany Sanders
Pregnant and still not convinced you should get a flu shot? Three new studies might just help you make up your mind. Here are the findings of each:
- Among 6,410 births in Georgia, researchers found a reduced risk of low birth weight and preterm labor in the 15 percent of women who got a flu shot. Risk during flu season fell as much as 70 percent in the vaccinated group.
- Another study out of the Yale University School of Medicine found that a flu shot during pregnancy was 78.9 percent effective in preventing the hospitalization of her unvaccinated baby during the first year of life.
- A third study from Cincinnatti Children’s Hospital also found a protective benefit for newborn babies when pregnant moms were vaccinated, and also found that moms who got the shot were less likely to get sick with a fever and respiratory symptoms. They were also more likely to give birth to heavier babies.
Experts say that about 1 in 10 American infants catch the flu in their first year of life. Read more about pregnancy and flu shots and these studies at HealthDay.
If you’re pregnant, do you get a flu shot? And if not, will you consider it this year to prevent catching (or your baby catching) H1N1?