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They Say: Flu Shots During Pregnancy Protect Baby

943705_96222336Pregnant 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?

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