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Flu jabs in pregnancy have been found effective in immunising babies

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It is recommended for women to have flu jabs during pregnancy, however far along they are, as it protects them and their baby against infection. 

Now, from a recent study, it's been discovered that flu vaccinations during pregnancy have been effective in immunising their babies too. 

The study funded by the Public Health England showed that having the influenza vaccination can prevent infection in babies, "even when the dominant circulating strain is different from that in the vaccine." 

Published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, results showed that vaccines were "66% effective in the 2013/2014 season, and 50% were effective in 2014/2015." 

Those who researched the study said that: “Our results over two influenza seasons provide further evidence that giving inactivated influenza vaccine to pregnant women is effective against laboratory-confirmed influenza infection and resulting hospitalisations in their young infants, even in a season with circulation of a drifted strain.”

The NHS says that pregnant women are advised to get vaccinated as it has been proved that they will have a higher chance of developing complications if they get flu, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy.

They say the most common complication of flu is bronchitis, which could develop into pneumonia.

If you have flu while pregnant, your baby could be born prematurely, have a low birth weight, or it could lead to a stillbirth

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While training as a journalist at the University of Gloucestershire for 3 years, she was nominated for the Best Feature Category at the Midlands Student’s Media Awards this year, and Head of News and Social Media for the university’s radio station, Tone Radio. Ellie has been published by the likes of Heatworld, Heart, Gloucestershire Live, and ITV West Country. 

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