Flu shot during pregnancy is tied to lower risk of preterm birth

05/31/2011 | HealthDay News

Pregnant women who received flu shots and delivered during flu season -- October through May -- had a 40% lower risk of a preterm birth, while vaccinated women who gave birth during the peak flu season, which is in January and February, had a 72% decreased risk of having a premature baby, a study in the journal PLoS Medicine found. Researchers also found a 69% reduced risk of being small for gestational age among babies born during the peak flu season to mothers who were vaccinated during pregnancy.

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