Flu vaccines significantly lowers risk of stillbirth

Curtin University Researcher Annette Regan found that pregnant women reduced their risk of still birth by 51% by by being vaccinated against seasonal influenza.

Dr Regan said:

“When pregnant your immune system is slightly depressed, so if you get an infection it tends to be much more severe and that is very likely to impact on the unborn baby.”

“The results showed that not only is there a good reason to believe there is absolutely no harm caused by the vaccine, it is actually beneficial in reducing the risk of stillbirths.”

“Getting a flu vaccine while pregnant not only reduces your risk of getting infected, it carries the additional benefit of passing on that protection to babies in their first siz months before they are old enough to get vaccinated themselves.”

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