Flu vaccine not tied to pregnancy complications

An article from Reuters Health
August 8, 2013
Flu vaccine not tied to pregnancy complications


August 8, 2013 -- Pregnant women who get flu shots are at no greater risk for complications like high blood pressure, urinary tract infection or gestational diabetes, according to a new U.S. study.

The results are not surprising in light of previous research, said lead author Dr. Elyse Kharbanda of Health Partners Institute for Education and Research in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

"Studies of several thousand pregnant women in scientific literature have assessed the safety of using the flu vaccine during pregnancy," Kharbanda told Reuters Health. "These studies have shown no evidence of harm to pregnant women, to the unborn child, or to newborns of vaccinated women."

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