Prenatal flu vax not linked to poor child health

Australian researchers say the findings should reassure GPs and mums-to-be about the long-term safety of vaccination during pregnancy

In utero exposure to influenza vaccines doesn't appear to contribute to mortality, morbidity or adverse health outcomes in children under five years of age, a systematic review suggests.

The Australian researchers analysed nine studies carried out between 1980 and 2012 that met the inclusion criteria of:

  • mother-child pairs with reported in utero exposure to influenza vaccines.
  • an unexposed mother-child pair control group.
  • at least one health outcome investigated in children aged six months to five

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