Moms-to-be, roll up your sleeves

October 5, 2010 9:41:45 AM PDT
New research shows that when pregnant women get flu shots their babies are also protected against the virus.

Vaccinated moms pass the antibodies onto their babies via the placenta and breast milk.

The study conducted at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health shows babies born to mothers who were vaccinated during pregnancy were less likely to get the flu or to be hospitalized with respiratory illnesses in their first six months of life.

Infants cannot be vaccinated against flu until they are 6 months old.