Tokyo: Amid fears of pregnant women beingmore vulnerable to flu, a new study has claimed that thevaccine for seasonal influenza has a 90 per cent effectivenessfor expectant mothers and their fetuses, with similareffects likely for the new flu as well.
The research involved studying the effects of severaltypes of seasonal flu vaccinations on 125 pregnant women,aged between 25 and 41 who were in their 15th to 39th week,who came to the center between 2007 and 2008. For the women who responded positively to the vaccines,the research team also found in tests conducted at childbirththat the babies had higher antibody values than their mothers. Pregnant women and young children are among thoseexpected to be given priority in terms of vaccination for thenew H1N1 strain of flu as they are at high risk of beinginfected and falling into serious condition.
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