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Flu Shots Linked with Lower Stillbirth Rates
Pregnant women whoِ wereِ vaccinated againstِ the flu duringِ the 2009 H1N1 pandemic hadِ a higher chance ofِ havingِ a healthy baby, compared withِ thoseِ notِ vaccinated, a newِ study says.
The Centers forِ Disease Control andِ Prevention alreadyِ recommends theِ vaccine forِ pregnant women toِ protect againstِ the flu, butِ the correlations betweenِ flu shots andِ lowered rates ofِ stillbirth orِ early birth wereِ unexpected, saidِ study researcher Ann Sprague, ofِ the Children’s Hospital ofِ Eastern Ontario.
The researchers usedِ information fromِ a Canadian database onِ the 55,570 single births delivered byِ mothers inِ Ontario betweenِ November 2009 andِ April 2010.