This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

Flu vaccine effective in pregnancy

Vaccinating mothers during pregnancy reduces flu among newborns by 63%, US researchers report.

Their six-month study randomly assigned 340 mothers in Bangladesh to flu or pneumococcal vaccine. It found six cases of laboratory-confirmed flu in infants whose mothers received the flu vaccine, compared with 16 in the control group.

There was also a 36% reduction in febrile respiratory illnesses in mothers and a 29% reduction in infants in the flu vaccine group.

N Engl J Med 2008; 17 September online

Rate this article 

Click to rate

  • 1 star out of 5
  • 2 stars out of 5
  • 3 stars out of 5
  • 4 stars out of 5
  • 5 stars out of 5

0 out of 5 stars

Have your say