Study prompts call to ex­am­ine flu vac­cine and mis­car­riage

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - OPINION -

NEW YORK » A puz­zling study of U.S. preg­nan­cies found that women who had mis­car­riages be­tween 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back an­nual flu shots that in­cluded pro­tec­tion against swine flu.

Vac­cine ex­perts think the re­sults may re­flect the older age and other mis­car­riage risks for the women, not the flu shots. Health of­fi­cials said there is no rea­son to change gov­ern­ment rec­om­men­da­tion for all preg­nant women be vac­ci­nated, say­ing the flu it­self is a much greater dan­ger to women and their fe­tuses.

The Cen­ters for Disease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion reached out to a doc­tor’s group, the Amer­i­can Congress of Ob­ste­tri­cians and Gyne­col­o­gists, to warn them of the study and help them pre­pare for a po­ten­tial wave of worry from expectant moms.

Past stud­ies have found flu vac­cines are safe dur­ing preg­nancy, though there’s been lit­tle re­search on im­pact of flu vac­ci­na­tions given in the first three months of preg­nancy.

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