BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A myth that circulates everywhere claims pregnant women should avoid getting a flu shot. However, this conviction is based on no solid evidence, as the truth is precisely the opposite. Women should get vaccinated against the flu while pregnant, since they and their babies are at the highest risk of developing complications if they contract influenza.
Researchers tested flu vaccines on pregnant women
A team of researchers from Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University tested the effects of a flu shot on pregnant women. They administered the vaccine to 141 participants, and observed how it had a really strong protective effect.
From all these women, 91 had received a shot in the previous year, while the other 50 hadn’t. After more research, they observed how those who hadn’t received a flu vaccine before showed a better initial response, while the others had their immunity weakened to a certain extent.
However, this wasn’t only about mothers, but also about their unborn babies. They took blood samples from their umbilical cords both during pregnancy and when they gave birth, and looked at how the flu shot impacted the babies’ condition.
Babies are not negatively affected by a flu shot
The purpose of this study was to see how the immune response in pregnant women was affected if they had received a flu shot before. Also, it looked at how these antibodies they received was transferred from the mother to the baby. The great news is that the baby gets many benefits if the mother gets a flu shot, and prior vaccination doesn’t affect the antibody transfer.
Therefore, it is important to ignore the myths claiming your baby can develop autism or other diseases if you get a flu shot during pregnancy. There is no evidence to support these claims. On the contrary, you and your baby have to suffer way more if you don’t get vaccinated and get sick with the flu while pregnant.
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