2009 H1N1 vaccine offered protection for pregnant women, babies

December 6, 2011 3:03:07 PM PST
The 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine reportedly offered high levels of protection for pregnant women and their babies, according to a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The study found, three weeks after expectant moms got the vaccine against H1N1, 98 percent of them had developed protective levels of antibodies against the virus. And, when their babies were born, 95 percent of them had enough antibodies to be considered protected as well.

Researchers say vaccination during pregnancy protects infants during the first months of life when vaccination cannot be performed.