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Infants of vaccinated mums less likely to be hospitalized for flu.

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Washington, Nov 3 (ANI): Infants born to women who received influenza vaccine influenza vaccine Flu vaccine A vaccine recommended for those at high risk for serious complications from influenza: > age 65; Pts with chronic diseases of heart, lung or kidneys, DM, immunosuppression, severe anemia, nursing home and other chronic-care  during pregnancy are less likely to be hospitalized due to the disease, say researchers.

Influenza is a major cause of serious respiratory disease Noun 1. respiratory disease - a disease affecting the respiratory system
respiratory disorder, respiratory illness

adult respiratory distress syndrome, ARDS, wet lung, white lung - acute lung injury characterized by coughing and rales; inflammation of the
 in pregnant women and of hospitalization in infants. Although the flu vaccine is recommended for all pregnant women and children, no vaccine is approved for infants less than six months of age.

Lead researcher Dr Marietta Vazquez, assistant professor of pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine The primary teaching hospital for the school is Yale-New Haven Hospital. The school is home to the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library, one of the largest modern medical libraries, also known for its historical collections.  tracked over 350 mothers and infants from 0 to 12 months of age who were hospitalized at Yale-New Haven Hospital Yale-New Haven Hospital (abbreviated YNHH) is a world-renowned 944-bed hospital located in downtown New Haven, Connecticut. The hospital is owned and operated by the Yale New Haven Health System, Inc. .

They compared 157 infants hospitalized due to influenza to 230 influenza-negative infants matched by age and date of hospitalization.

"We found that vaccinating mothers during pregnancy was 80 percent effective in preventing hospitalization due to influenza in their infants during the first year of life and 89 percent effective in preventing hospitalization in infants under six months of age," said Vazquez.

"These results not only have a positive impact on the health of susceptible infants, but also may be very cost effective, as it involves one vaccine providing protection to two individuals.

"The findings may also help establish public health policy, increase awareness of the importance of influenza vaccination during pregnancy, and even help to overcome barriers to vaccination," Vazquez added.

The study was presented at 47th annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is a medical association representing physicians, scientists and other health care professionals who specialize in infectious diseases.  in Philadelphia. (ANI)

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