Team McCallum

R&D for Lifetime of Life

Flu vaccine when pregnant.

A team including Dr Angelia A Eick has found that mothers who get vaccinated against influenza while pregnant pass significant protection on to their baby for the first 6 months of life. This is a time when the babies own immune system has not developed properly and in unprotected babies is associated with much higher rates of hospitalization from influenza.

Babies whose mothers got the vaccine had their risk of catching influenza in the first 6 months of life cut by 41%, and their risk of hospitalization for flu cut by 39%.

1,160 mother-baby pairs in the southwest US gave blood, which was checked for antibodies to influenza. Antibodies were found in cord blood and at 2 and 3 months, but by 6 months the profiles of babies born to vaccinated and unvaccinated mothers was the same.

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October 5, 2010 - Posted by | Angelia A Eick, Child Health, Health, Influenza, Pregnancy, Success, Vaccine

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