The flu shot protects pregnant women from hospitalizations for complications of the disease

Pregnant women vaccinated against flu, which is 40% less likely to get into hospital from complications of the disease, reveals a new us study.

Expectant mothers face a number of threats to their health and the health of the child during pregnancy. And one of these threats is the flu. Our results underscore the fact that there is a simple but effective way to reduce the likelihood of complications from influenza during pregnancy is to get a flu shot – utverzhdaetsya research Nalwa Allison (Allison Naleway) from the Center for health research of Kaiser Permanente (Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research) in Portland.

The researchers analyzed data from more than 2 million pregnant women in the United States, Canada, Australia and Israel for the years 2010-2016. The results of the study were опубликованы11 October in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

According to the researchers, the flu shot equally protects the health of women during all three trimesters of pregnancy, including women with diseases such as asthma and diabetes. More than 80% of pregnancies in the study were for flu season, which underscores the fact that many mothers were exposed to virus in a certain period of their pregnancy.

Previous studies have also shown that flu vaccination can reduce the risk of influenza during pregnancy. The same study also shows that vaccination also reduces the risk of hospitalization for complications associated with influenza, such as pneumonia.

The flu is a greater danger for women during pregnancy because of changes in their immune system, as well as in the heart and lungs. Women are also very susceptible to this diseases associated with influenza during the first two weeks after pregnancy. In addition, vaccination during pregnancy protects the child and then during the first months of life until it grow up enough for him to make a separate flu shot.

In the US, only about half of pregnant women were reported that were vaccinated for influenza in the period of the spread of influenza. Authentic Russian statistics on this issue.

Dmitry Kolesnik