Maternal flu vaccination during pregnancy reduces illness in infants

Maternal influenza vaccination during pregnancy was associated with reduced chances of influenza-associated ED visits or hospitalizations in infants aged younger than 6 months, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics.
“Infants younger than 6 months are at high risk of influenza-associated complications but are not eligible for vaccination given the absence of licensed influenza vaccines for this age group,” Leila C. Sahni, PhD, MD, of the department of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, and colleagues wrote.

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