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Flu Vaccination During Pregnancy Benefits Baby, Too

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By    |   Wednesday, 04 May 2016 12:07 PM

A flu vaccination during pregnancy not only benefits the mother, but also protects her infant, found a study looking at more than 245,000 pregnant women for nearly a decade and published in the journal Pediatrics.

The women included in the study delivered their children from December 2005 to March 2014. The mothers of 23,847 babies had been vaccinated against the flu and 225,540 babies were born to mothers who had not been vaccinated, noted The New York Times.

The study examined medical records of women giving birth at Intermountain Healthcare facilities in Utah and Idaho, said Forbes, and who answered questions about being immunized on entering the labor and delivery unit.

The Times said infants of unvaccinated women were 70 percent more likely to have a laboratory-confirmed case of flu, and 81 percent more likely to be hospitalized for flu before six months.

"Self-reported influenza immunization during pregnancy was low but increased after the H1N1 pandemic," said the study. "Infants born to women reporting influenza immunization during pregnancy had risk reductions of 64 percent for (influenza-like illness), 70 percent for laboratory-confirmed influenza …."

The study's lead author, Julie H. Shakib, of the University of Utah and medical director of the Well Baby and Intermediate Nursery, said that two protective mechanisms may be at work to explain the study's results.

"Immunizing pregnant women provides immunity to the baby through the placenta," Shakib said, per Forbes. "Immunizing the mother and others who live with or care for the baby prevents them from getting the flu and passing it to the baby."

A 2014 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggested that the flu vaccine provided partial flu protection in in HIV-uninfected and HIV-infected pregnant women and their infants.

"We've known for a long time that there's benefit to the mom, but we definitively know now that there's benefit to the baby, too," Shakib told the website Healthline. "So we all have to make sure that everyone understands that message."

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