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Flu vaccine safe in pregnancy, study finds

31 July, 2014

Flu vaccine safe in pregnancy, study finds

Seasonal influenza vaccine is safe at any stage during pregnancy according to a new study.

Researchers drew their conclusions after examining Irish maternity hospital data during the recent flu pandemic.

They found that there was no association between vaccination during pregnancy and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Women who were vaccinated were actually less likely to have a preterm delivery than unvaccinated women.

Lead study author Professor Brian Cleary said: ‘Our findings support current recommendations from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre for all pregannat women to be vaccinated against seasonal influenza at any stage during pregnancy.’

He added that future public health campaigns should provide clear information on vaccination safety in pregnancy, ensure consistent vaccination recommendations from healthcare professionals and provide easy access to vaccination in order to encourage uptake in cohorts of the population who are less likely to be vaccinated.

The study, led by the RCSI’s School of Pharmacy and the Rotunda Hospital, also revealed that uptake of the vaccination was influenced by sociodemographic factors, such as age and the mother’s country of origin.

The research was published in the European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.


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