No Risk For Children Born To Mothers Given Flu Jabs During Pregnancy: Study | News

June 9, 2021 0 Comments



Safety concerns are a reason people may not get influenza jabs during pregnancy (Representational)

Highlights
  • All pregnant people are advised to receive a flu shot each year
  • Only 36 per cent pregnant women receive flu shot each year: Study
  • Study followed 28000+ children from birth up to an average age of 3.5 years

Ottawa: A population-based study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), has found flu vaccination during pregnancy does not lead to an increased risk of adverse early childhood health outcomes. Although pregnant people are not more susceptible to acquiring influenza infection, they are at an increased risk of severe illness and complications if they get the flu during pregnancy. For this reason, all pregnant people are advised to receive a flu shot each year, yet only 36 per cent received it, according to a study monitoring four flu seasons in Nova Scotia. Safety concerns are reportedly a leading reason people may not receive influenza vaccination during pregnancy.

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Dr Deshayne Fell, an Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and a scientist at the CHEO Research Institute, a paediatric healthcare and research centre, led the study along with researchers in Ontario and at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. The study followed over 28,000 children from birth up to an average age of 3.5 years, with the results suggesting that maternal influenza vaccination during pregnancy was not associated with:

– Immune-related health conditions, such as asthma, ear infections or other types of infection.

– Non-immune-related health problems like neoplasms, sensory impairment.

– Nonspecific health needs such as Emergency Department visits and hospitalisations did not increase.

“This study adds to what we know from other recent studies showing no harmful effects of flu vaccination during pregnancy on the longer-term health of children,” said Dr Fell, whose other recent work includes studying the effectiveness and safety of COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy. She added,

This is important because we know that getting the flu shot during pregnancy not only protects the pregnant person but has the added bonus of protecting newborn babies from getting the flu during their first few months of life, which is when they are most susceptible to respiratory infections but still too young to get the flu shot themselves.

The study, Association of Maternal Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy with Early Childhood Health Outcomes, is published in JAMA.

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World

17,44,20,441Cases

5,79,20,014Active

11,27,38,692Recovered

37,61,735Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,44,20,441 and 37,61,735 have died; 5,79,20,014 are active cases and 11,27,38,692 have recovered as on June 10, 2021 at 3:53 am.

India

2,91,83,121 94,052Cases

11,67,95263,463Active

2,76,55,493 1,51,367Recovered

3,59,676 6,148Deaths

In India, there are 2,91,83,121 confirmed cases including 3,59,676 deaths. The number of active cases is 11,67,952 and 2,76,55,493 have recovered as on June 10, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

58,63,880 10,989

1,64,743 6,051

55,97,304 16,379

1,01,833 661

Karnataka

27,28,248 10,959

2,15,546 9,479

24,80,411 20,246

32,291 192

Kerala

26,74,166 16,204

1,39,481 4,189

25,24,248 20,237

10,437 156

Tamil Nadu

22,92,025 17,321

2,04,258 14,337

20,59,597 31,253

28,170 405

Andhra Pradesh

17,79,773 8,766

1,03,995 3,593

16,64,082 12,292

11,696 67

Uttar Pradesh

17,00,476 689

12,959 1,108

16,66,001 1,706

21,516 91

West Bengal

14,42,830 5,384

14,702 5,223

14,11,573 10,512

16,555 95

Delhi

14,30,128 337

4,511 451

14,00,913 752

24,704 36

Chhattisgarh

9,83,916 954

18,113 1,358

9,52,532 2,298

13,271 14

Rajasthan

9,48,024 520

11,832 1,792

9,27,443 2,282

8,749 30

Odisha

8,31,129 6,019

63,333 2,056

7,64,673 8,032

3,123 43

Gujarat

8,18,351 644

13,683 1,041

7,94,703 1,675

9,965 10

Madhya Pradesh

7,86,755 453

7,071 912

7,71,243 1,329

8,441 36

Haryana

7,64,094 528

7,079 452

7,48,186 940

8,829 40

Bihar

7,15,179 589

4,516 3,382

7,01,234

9,429 3,971

Telangana

5,96,813 1,813

24,301 5

5,69,086 1,801

3,426 17

Punjab

5,83,474 1,393

17,344 1,202

5,50,837 2,521

15,293 74

Assam

4,46,445 3,751

49,846 659

3,92,806 4,355

3,793 55

Jharkhand

3,42,481 302

4,783 316

3,32,622 615

5,076 3

Uttarakhand

3,35,478 513

9,258 2,627

3,19,371 3,088

6,849 52

Jammu And Kashmir

3,03,749 1,098

19,852 1,965

2,79,779 3,046

4,118 17

Himachal Pradesh

1,96,905 554

6,682 301

1,86,880 840

3,343 15

Goa

1,60,740 456

5,790 109

1,52,073 547

2,877 18

Puducherry

1,10,748 642

6,853 294

1,02,247 932

1,648 4

Chandigarh

60,862 84

649 36

59,432 118

781 2

Tripura

57,452 658

6,058 281

50,803 363

591 14

Manipur

57,351 775

9,307 166

47,129 602

915 7

Meghalaya

39,983 448

4,849 75

34,440 507

694 16

Arunachal Pradesh

30,247 247

3,271 34

26,848 279

128 2

Nagaland

23,237 186

3,893 783

18,909 966

435 3

Ladakh

19,385 55

925 16

18,265 71

195

Sikkim

17,656 231

3,869 149

13,511 379

276 1

Mizoram

14,534 338

3,585 215

10,891 122

58 1

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,437 10

137 24

10,296 34

4

Lakshadweep

9,002 128

787 103

8,173 231

42

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,168 14

91 3

6,952 17

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