- Women's Health
Babies Protected With Flu Shots--During Pregnancy!
Pregnant? Get a Flu Shot For YOUR Baby!
Researchers have now found that flu shots not only protect pregnant women, but also protect their new-born infants.
A recent study found that those women who were vaccinated during pregnancy had babies that were 41% percent less likely to get the flu, and 39% less likely to be hospitalized for the flu, or similar symptoms.
The study was published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
Flu Shots for Moms-To-Be: A Must!
Here's how flu shots work to protect unborn infants. Normally, children who are under one year of age, are protected from light cases of flu by the natural antibodies that they have acquired from their mothers.
However, in a flu epidemic like H1N1, these children are likely to suffer serious illness since they're too young to get a flu shot. This is the reason that pregnant women are advised to get flu shots, giving their children the added boost of flu antibodies!
Dr. Angelia Eick, Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, Silver Spring, Maryland, wanted to determine if a mother-to-be's flu shot could protect her infant, up to six months of age.
Flu Shots and Pregnant Women: The Findings!
The researchers followed 1,100+ moms and babies through three flu seasons, monitoring their incidence of flu. Those moms-to-be who were vaccinated had babies who were 41% less likely to get flu, and 39% less likely to be hospitalized for the flu (or similar symptoms).
Additionally, they found that babies, whose moms had been vaccinated, carried a higher level of flu antibodies--even after two to three months--following birth, than those babies whose mothers had not been vaccinated.
Moral of the Story: If you're pregnant, visit your doctor to ascertain whether you should have a flu shot--and take this article along with you! (Today's flu vaccine protects against HINI, as well as two other strains of flu.)