Navigation Links
Flu Shots for Pregnant Moms May Protect Babies
Date:2/21/2012

TUESDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Giving flu shots to pregnant women seems to reduce their risk of having a baby that is small for its gestational age, a new study has found.

Babies who are small for their gestational age have an increased risk of health problems and other issues throughout their lives.

The study included 340 pregnant women in Bangladesh who were divided into two groups -- 170 who received the flu vaccine and 170 who received a different vaccine that does not protect against the flu. All of the women were in their third trimester.

When the seasonal influenza virus was circulating in the population, the flu vaccine group had fewer babies who were small for their gestational age than the other group -- about 26 percent versus 45 percent.

The percentage of small-for-gestational-age births was similar in both groups when the influenza virus was dormant, according to the study published Feb. 21 in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

When the influenza virus was circulating, the mean birth weight was 7 pounds in the flu vaccine group and 6.6 pounds in the group that didn't get flu shots, the investigators found.

"Our data suggest that the prevention of infection with seasonal influenza in pregnant women by vaccination can influence fetal growth," Dr. Mark Steinhoff, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio, and colleagues wrote in their report.

If further research supports these findings, adding a flu vaccine to routine vaccinations during pregnancy could help give children a better start in life, the study authors suggested in a journal news release.

More information

The March of Dimes has more about low birth weight.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), news release, Feb. 21, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Many Jails Got No Flu Shots During H1N1 Outbreak: CDC
2. Smaller sibling protein calls the shots in cell division
3. Pitt researchers propose new model to design better flu shots
4. Improved Allergy Shots Might Be on Horizon
5. Many Parents Skipping Kids Shots, Putting Other Kids at Risk
6. Flu Shots for Pregnant Women Also Protect Newborns
7. Nursing home flu shots fall short, especially for blacks
8. MDA, Walgreens collaborate to provide flu shots at more than 8,000 locations
9. Flu Shots for Pregnant Women Also Protect Newborns, Study Finds
10. Neutrons provide first sub-nanoscale snapshots of Huntingtons disease protein
11. Protein snapshots reveal clues to breast cancer outcomes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2017)... ... 26, 2017 , ... Maryland’s soybean farmers have improved the ... by the United Soybean Board. , Thanks to the responsible use of ... productivity on less land per bushel, the report says. The United Soybean Board’s ...
(Date:6/26/2017)... ... June 26, 2017 , ... KICKICO , a protocol built ... pledges to solve many catastrophic issues within funding campaigns. KICKICO developers are testing the ... of crowdfunding - the raising of funds through the power of many - has ...
(Date:6/25/2017)... ... June 25, 2017 , ... Republicans in the United States ... Obamacare, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act. It differs significantly from the American Health ... to be reconciled in committee, or the House will have to take up the ...
(Date:6/25/2017)... ... June 25, 2017 , ... June is Men’s Health Month and the focus ... cancer among men in the U.S. and the third most common cause of cancer related ... one man in seven will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Those ...
(Date:6/24/2017)... ... June 24, 2017 , ... The weather is heating up and the ... business owners should be aware that the summer months provide more than warmer temperatures ... and keys can be negatively affected from direct exposure to the sun. When it ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/5/2017)... 5, 2017 Kohll,s Pharmacy & Homecare is the first ... United States . The Raizer is a simple battery ... up to an almost-standing position within a few ... one assistant and does not require any extra effort ... a child can operate it, and lightweight and ...
(Date:5/30/2017)... 2017 Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC), will present ... Conference on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Rancho ... president and chief executive officer, is scheduled to present at ... can be accessed at http://ir.hill-rom.com/events.cfm . A recorded replay ... event through September 13, 2017. ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... , May 24, 2017  ivWatch LLC ... Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Board to enable seamless integration ... patient monitoring systems, infusion pumps and other devices. ... will be able to help health care customers ... reduced risks related to IV therapy. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: