Flu jab can cut stillbirth risk by half

Pregnant women who get the flu vaccine cut their risk of having a stillborn baby by half

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Pregnant women recently vaccinated against flu were 51 per cent less likely to have a stillbirth than women who were unvaccinated, an Australian study has found.

The study of nearly 60,000 births has caused scientists to think that flu may increase the risk of stillbirth, as stillbirth rates increased after flu outbreaks.

Although all pregnant women can get the flu jab for free, only 42 per cent of pregnant women had the flu vaccine in the UK this winter – down from 44 per cent last winter.

The flu vaccine reduces the risk of complications like premature birth and low birth weight, and also protects your baby against the virus for a few months after it’s born. Public Health England recommends pregnant women get the flu vaccination and says the flu vaccine is safe during any stage of pregnancy.

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