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Canada Promoting Flu Shot as Beneficial to Pregnant Mothers

“The most important thing about this study was that the flu vaccine did no harm to the fetus,” said Dr. Mark Walker, an obstetrician at The Ottawa Hospital and the study’s co-author. “Not only was the vaccine safe, there was a potential benefit.”

Indeed, evidence is growing, based on the findings of this study and a few others, that flu vaccines are safe and effective, not only for expectant mothers, but also for their unborn infants. While these groups stand to benefit most from flu vaccines, little research has been conducted on how they respond to them.

Researchers say the latest findings could help debunk persistent myths about the flu shot and its effects on pregnant women, a vast majority of whom remain reluctant to get it.

“The most important thing about this study was that the flu vaccine did no harm to the fetus,” said Dr. Mark Walker, an obstetrician at The Ottawa Hospital and the study’s co-author. “Not only was the vaccine safe, there was a potential benefit.”

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