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‘RCM comments on study of seasonal influenza vaccination during pregnancy that may reduce risk of stillbirth’

31 March, 2016

‘RCM comments on study of seasonal influenza vaccination during pregnancy that may reduce risk of stillbirth’

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A seasonal influenza vaccination during pregnancy may reduce the risk of stillbirth, that’s according to a new study published by the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

The study which is published today was undertaken by researchers in Western Australia and analysed data from nearly 60,000 births.

The results found that women who received the trivalent influenza vaccine during pregnancy were fifty- one percent (51%) less likely to experience a stillbirth than unvaccinated mothers.

Researchers also observed that stillbirth rates increased after periods of influenza virus circulation and decreased during the months prior to.


Commenting Louise Silverton Director for Midwifery at The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) says; “This latest study is really good news and shows how important the flu vaccine can be for pregnant women, it also adds to an existing body of evidence of the benefits for women who are vaccinated during pregnancy. Although, it is important to remember that the strain of flu can vary each year.”

“If caught, flu can be very, very serious for the mother and baby. The vaccine is effective for many people and it is certainly more effective than not having the vaccine.”

‘We strongly recommend that pregnant women have the flu vaccination to protect themselves and their baby from the effects of flu. We also urge midwives and other health professionals to have the vaccination to protect themselves, their family and the people they care for from the infection also. If women have any concerns about the flu  vaccine, we advise them to speak to their midwife or doctor to discuss the issue.’

For further information and RCM advice on Flu vaccination click here:



Infectious Diseases Society of America: http://www.idsociety.org/CID/



Notes to editors

The RCM is the only trade union and professional association dedicated to serving midwifery and the whole midwifery team. We provide workplace advice and support, professional and clinical guidance and information, and learning opportunities with our broad range of events, conferences and online resources. For more information visit the RCM website at https://www.rcm.org.uk/.


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