Vaccine reducing premature births?

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Vaccine reducing premature births?
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 8:19am

Should we recommend the vax for all pregnant women then?

Maternal Influenza Vaccination Tied to Reduced Prematurity



Receipt of vaccination against influenza during any trimester of pregnancy reduces the likelihood of prematurity and of small-for-gestational-age births during local and widespread influenza activity periods, according to a study published online May 31 in PloS Medicine.

WEDNESDAY, June 1 (HealthDay News) -- Receipt of vaccination against influenza during any trimester of pregnancy reduces the likelihood of prematurity and of small-for-gestational-age (SGA) births during local and widespread influenza activity periods, according to a study published online May 31 in PloS Medicine.

Saad B. Omer, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.B.S., from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed the association between maternal receipt of inactivated influenza vaccine during any trimester of pregnancy and prematurity or SGA births in 4,168 live births between 2004 and 2006. Maternal receipt of inactivated influenza vaccine was evaluated. Prematurity (gestational age of less than 37 weeks at birth), and SGA (birth weight less than tenth percentile for gestational age) were the main outcomes studied.



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