Flu Vaccine for Pregnant Women Reduces Risk of Premature Birth

In a previous post, we discussed the two vaccines every pregnant woman should have and one of them was the flu vaccine. Routinely given to all expectant mothers in Britain, this pregnancy safe vaccine could prevent one in five premature births during flu outbreaks, a new study has suggested.

Flu Vaccine in pregnancy

In the study that was published in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal,  researchers in the US looked at the births of 5,000 women during a high-flu-risk period. Out of those, 43% has received the vaccine.

The results showed that those vaccinated were 44% less likely to have preterm births than their un-vaccinated counterparts.

Pregnancy increases the vulnerability and complications of a flu infection particularly in the later stages, making the vaccine very important. Bronchitis, meningitis and the inflammation of the brain are just some of the complications.

While before it was common knowlegdge that the vaccine gives protection against flu to the mother and the baby for the first 6 months after birth, it is now clear that reducing the risk of pre-term births is an added bonus. These findings are hugely significant given how susceptible premature babies are to infections. And as much as it is difficult to pinpoint the reason why the vaccine reduces pre-term births, one theory has suggested that flu infections trigger inflammation in the body that can lead to early labor.

Until we see each other again, 

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2 thoughts on “Flu Vaccine for Pregnant Women Reduces Risk of Premature Birth

  1. Founders of the flu vaccines says that they don't know whether or not the vaccine secure for expectant mothers or their children. I also agree with this post because vaccines play important role in disease of children’s.

  2. I did a lot of research about flu vaccine for pregnant women which lead me to this blog. I’m glad to have read this and have the reassurance that this won’t hurt me or the baby. It scares me most of the time when my ob-gynecologist would advise me to have a shot of something. I’m like, “Uh, can I think this over?” Then call my pregnant friends, search the web and all. You just couldn’t blame the feeling from a new mom-to-be.

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