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  • No link between flu vaccine in pregnancy and later health problems in children

    There is no association between exposure to the 2009 H1N1 "swine flu" vaccine during pregnancy and health problems in early childhood, concludes a study from Canada published by The BMJ today.
    These results are reassuring and suggest the influenza vaccination during pregnancy is safe for both mother and offspring.
    Pregnant women and their newborns are considered to be at high risk of serious illness during flu pandemics and seasonal epidemics. As such, many countries advise all pregnant women to have a flu vaccine, which can protect both mothers and their young infants from the flu.
    But uptake is low, with safety concerns a common reason given for not being immunised, especially across Europe and in North America.
    And although substantial evidence supports the safety of flu vaccination with respect to newborn health, few studies have assessed the health of older children who were exposed to flu vaccination in the womb.
    So researchers based in Canada and the United States decided to evaluate the relation between 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccination during pregnancy and health outcomes in the children during the first five years of life.


    https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_relea...-nlb070919.php

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