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Flu shot leads to healthier infants

October 30, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Researchers say pregnant women who get the flu shot have bigger, healthier babies. Several studies suggesting that the flu vaccine benefits pregnant women and their babies were presented at the Infectious Diseases Society of America conference in Philadelphia.

One study found that babies born to women who were vaccinated weighed half a pound more than the other babies.

In a Yale University study, scientists found that the mother's flu shot during pregnancy was nearly 78.9 percent effective in preventing the non-vaccinated infant from being hospitalized during the first year of life.

Researches at Emory University say similar results would likely be seen among pregnant women getting the H1N1 vaccine.


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