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Vaccination of pregnant women against the flu also protects the baby

Infants who have been vaccinated against their mother's influenza vaccine during the first six months of their lives were less likely to be hospitalized for respiratory disease.

A total of 1,160 mothers-to-child pairs living in two American Native Reserves were enrolled in the study reported in the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. In the American Indigenous population, children are more likely to catch serious respiratory infections than in the United States of America. A follow-up study has been conducted during the three flu seasons. Participants in the study took blood before and after the flu seasons and observed the appearance of flu-like symptoms.
In the postnatal flu season, vaccinated infants were 41 percent less likely to be infected by laboratory tests, and 39 percent less likely to be infected with non-influenza.
The researchers also found that vaccinated mothers' newborns had higher levels of antibodies to influenza at birth and at 2 and 3 months.

Vaccination against the flu also protects the baby

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