Swine Flu Vaccine Safe For Pregnant Women

According to a new government report, the swine flu vaccine appears to be safe for pregnant women. The report is...
According to a new government report, the swine flu vaccine appears to be safe for pregnant women. The report is based on statistics taken during the 2009-2010 flu season. During this time period, statistics show that millions of pregnant women received the swine flu vaccine, or H1N1 influenza, and fewer than 300 possible complications were reported to a national database. The final estimate is that for every million pregnant women who received the swine flu vaccine during the last flu season, just 118 experienced a potential side effect from the shot. And remember, not all side effects are deadly. Most side effects of vaccines are mild. Those are pretty safe odds, which is nice for pregnant women, who tend to be more susceptible to the flu than other folks. For example, the CDC notes that pregnant women who get the flu are more likely to need hospitalization and accounted for one in 20 deaths from H1N1 influenza in 2009. If you're expecting, you should discuss flu shots with your doctor or midwife.

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