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  • Pregnant women who get flu shot reduce baby’s health risks: CMAJ study

    Source: http://globalnews.ca/news/1065091/pr...th-risks-cmaj/

    January 6, 2014 4:25 pm
    Pregnant women who get flu shot reduce baby’s health risks: CMAJ study
    Julia Wong is a videojournalist with Global News. By Julia Wong Video Journalist

    HALIFAX – Pregnant women who get the flu shot are less likely to give birth to a premature baby or a baby with a low birth weight, according to a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

    The study, which examined the data of 12,223 pregnant women in Nova Scotia between Nov. 1, 2010 and March 31, 2012, found only 16 per cent received the influenza vaccine.

    However, the women who did get the flu shot were 25 per cent less likely to deliver a baby prematurely or with a low birth weight, said lead author Alexandra Legge, who is a fourth year medical student at Dalhousie University...
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