No health worries for children born to mothers given seasona
A population-based study, published in JAMA, has found flu vaccination during pregnancy does not lead to an increased risk of adverse early childhood health outcomes.

Although pregnant people are not more susceptible to acquiring influenza infection, they are at an increased risk of severe illness and complications if they get the flu during pregnancy. For this reason, all pregnant people are advised to receive a flu shot each year, yet only 36 percent received it according to a study monitoring four flu seasons. Safety concerns are reportedly a leading reason people may not receive influenza vaccination in pregnancy.

This study followed over 28,000 children from birth up to an average age of 3 ½ years, with the results suggesting that maternal influenza vaccination during pregnancy was not associated with:

- Immune-related health conditions, such as asthma, ear infections, or other types of infection.

- Non-immune-related health problems like neoplasms, sensory impairment.

- Nonspecific health needs such as Emergency Department visits and hospitalizations did not increase.

"This is important because we know that getting the flu shot during pregnancy not only protects the pregnant person but has the added bonus of protecting newborn babies from getting the flu during their first few months of life, which is when they are most susceptible to respiratory infections but still too young to get the flu shot themselves."

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