Study: Flu Vaccine Safe for Pregnant Women

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Source: UT Southwestern Medical Center study

A study by UT Southwestern Medical Center analyzed the effects at delivery for women who got a flu shot during pregnancy versus those who did not. The results showed no increase in birth defect rates and a decrease in stillbirth rates in the group that received the shots.

The five-year study looked at neonatal outcomes of 8,864 babies whose mothers got a flu shot versus 76,919 babies whose mothers did not get the vaccine, all of whom delivered at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Jeanne Sheffield, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and holder of the Alvin “Bud” Brekken Professorship in Obstetrics and Gynecology, was lead author of the study, published in the September issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.