Flu vaccines during pregnancy protect babies for 6 months after birth

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Evidence shows that getting a flu jab during pregnancy provides substantial protection to young babies, but uptake in many countries is still concerningly low

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14 January 2022

Pregnant women can pass on antibodies to their babies

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Babies are two-thirds less likely to get the flu in their first six months of life if their mother had a flu vaccine while they were pregnant, a large Australian study shows.

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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