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Clinical Perspectives: The Flu Shot Is Safe, ‘Saves Lives’ During Pregnancy

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Clinical Perspectives: The Flu Shot Is Safe, ‘Saves Lives’ During Pregnancy

Welcome to Clinical Perspectives, a new column from Mommy Matters. We cull the newest, most important pregnancy and postpartum news and break it down into a few takeaway points you need to know. Also, we have our own medical expert, Dr. Shirazian, who reviews each article and adds the clinical perspective. If you are interested in learning more on your own, our MD-trusted sources include the American College of Obstetricians and GynecologistsAmerican Academy of Pediatrics, and Very Well Health.


July 13, 2019 - A new study has found that flu vaccines provide no harm to pregnant women or their future children, adding to previous studies on the safety and efficacy of vaccination during pregnancy.

Key Takeaways:

  • Researchers looked at data on over 104,000 children born in Canada between 2009 and 2010, 30% of whom were born to mothers who had the H1N1 flu vaccine during pregnancy.
  • Children born to vaccinated mothers had no increased risk of cancer, infections, chronic diseases, hospital admissions, or other negative outcomes.
  • Pregnant women and newborns are among the highest risk groups for serious illness during seasonal flu epidemics and outbreaks. Many countries advise that all pregnant women receive flu vaccines, but vaccination rates of this group are low largely due to safety concerns.
  • The study adds to mounting prior evidence that flu vaccination during pregnancy is extremely safe for both mothers and their future children. 
  • In an accompanying press release, Dr. Siri Haberg of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health stated, “Especially in this era of ‘anti-vaxx’ anxiety and misinformation, it is our duty to be clear: Vaccination of pregnant women saves lives.”

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Disclaimer: This is general medical information and not specific medical advice.  It does not and should not replace diagnosis or treatment by your healthcare provider. If you are seeking personal recommendations, advice, and/or treatment, please consult your physician. If you have an emergency, you should contact 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.