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Flu vaccines during pregnancy protect babies for 6 months after birth

Evidence shows that getting a flu jab during pregnancy provides substantial protection to young babies, but uptake in many countries is still concerningly low Health 14 January 2022 By Alice Klein Pregnant women can pass on antibodies to their babiesShutterstock/Rido Babies are two-thirds less likely to get the flu in their first six months of…

Evidence suggests that a flu jab given during pregnancy can provide substantial protection for young babies. However, uptake in many countries remains low



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14 January 2022

By Alice Klein

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Pregnant women can pass on antibodies to their babies

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Babies who have had their mother get vaccinated against the flu during pregnancy are twice as likely to catch it in their first six month of life, according to a large Australian study.

Influenza can be particularly dangerous to young children because their immune systems are still developing. In the US, 12 children under the age of 6 months died of the flu in the 2019-20 season.

Many countries now recommend getting a flu shot during pregnancy because protective antibodies are passed …

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