(Update 1) Newborn Infant Protected If Mom Gets Flu Shot

September 19, 2008

According to a new study, a newborn infant can be protected throughout the first 6 months of their life if their mother receives a flu shot while pregnant....Boston (ChattahBox) – According to a new study, a newborn infant can be protected throughout the first 6 months of their life if their mother receives a flu shot while pregnant.

The common recommendation is that infants who are under the age of 6 months, should not receive a flu shot.

New research, published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, has found there is a way to keep these newborn babies protected.

Researchers, led by Dr. Mark C. Steinhoff from John Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, have found that a baby can be protected if the mother gets a flu shot while pregnant.

Researchers followed 340 pregnant mothers from Bangladesh for two years, with half receiving a flu shot, and half not.

Some in the study received a flu shot while pregnant, and some did not.

The pregnant mothers who had a flu shot gave birth to a newborn that was 63% less likely to develop the flu in the first six months.

The flu shot was also found to protect them from other diseases as well, showing great benefit.


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