Flu shot may protect mother and baby

September 17, 2008 2:43:58 PM PDT
Babies under 6 months old are more likely to be hospitalized for flu than any other age group, but currently there is no vaccine proven safe and effective for young infants. That had doctors wondering if pregnant women given the inactivated flu shot would also provide flu protection to their children during those critical first months of life.

The theory was tested in 340 pregnant women in Bangladesh.

Results showed a 63 percent reduction in flu among babies whose mothers had the flu shot.

There's more on this study in this week's New England Journal of Medicine.