Flu vax safe in pregnancy

The safety of vaccinating pregnant women during flu outbreaks has been reaffirmed by one of the largest studies into the subject to date.

The Norwegian research, which was set up in response to anecdotal reports of vaccine-related fetal deaths during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, found vaccination substantially reduced women's risk of contracting flu, without increasing rates of fetal death.

Vaccination even appeared to reduce the risk of fetal death, although