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Vaccinating pregnant women against flu reduces newborns’ risk of infection, study finds

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2469 (Published 04 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2469
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

Infants born to women who reported receiving influenza vaccine during pregnancy had a 61% reduction in influenza-like illnesses in the first six months of life, a 70% reduction in laboratory confirmed influenza and an 81% reduction in hospitalisations associated with laboratory confirmed influenza when compared with infants whose mothers did not receive the vaccine during pregnancy, a US study has found.1

Current flu vaccines do not protect infants in the first six months of life because they do not elicit a sufficient immune response in …

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