Vaccines are one of the most frequent topics of discussion when it comes to children and even pregnancy. There is a lot of misinformation out there about vaccines and their safety, and so it is no wonder that large amounts of research are being done to test whether or not vaccines are safe for pregnant women and for their children.
One of the vaccines that has come under fire is the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine has often been recommended for pregnant women because of the risks of the flu while pregnant pose to a baby.
According to a new, large-scale study on the flu vaccine and pregnancy, it is safe for pregnant women to get a flu shot.
Flu vaccine long considered safe
Health officials in the United States have been recommending the flu vaccine for more than half a century. During the 1950s, there was a flu pandemic that led to a significantly higher death rate among pregnant women than normal. Still, there have been some people that have been skeptical of the benefits, so studies continue.
About the study
This study is one of the largest of its kind to look at the safety and the benefits of getting vaccinated for the flu during pregnancy. Researchers proved that there is no evidence that the vaccine increased the odds that a woman will lose her baby, and also found compelling evidence that getting the flu while pregnant does cause a greater risk to the baby.
The study examined women in Norway during the years 2009 and 2010. Prior to 2009, Norwegian women were rarely advised to get a flu shot while pregnant. However, during those years, there was an international epidemic of a new type of swine flu. During the pandemic, doctors in Norway began recommending that pregnant women in their second and third trimesters be vaccinated.
Overall, the study looked at 113,000 pregnancies. 492 of those ended in fetal death. According to the research, the risk of fetal death for women who were not vaccinated was actually two times that of women who were vaccinated.
So, what do you think? Should this research put to rest some of the controversy surrounding the flu shot during pregnancy?