Side Effects Should Not Prevent Pregnant Women from Receiving Swine Flu Vaccine

Side Effects Should Not Prevent Pregnant Women from Receiving Swine Flu VaccineAccording to a new report compiled by officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only approximately 118 pregnant women out of the estimated 1 million that received swine flu vaccines experienced side effects.

Reuters reports that the numbers indicate that pregnant women should still receive the seasonal flu vaccine, which will include the H1N1 vaccine this coming year.

"Based on all the information we have available, we definitely think pregnant women should receive the flu shot in the 2011-12 season," Dr. Pedro Moro of the CDC told the news source. "The flu shot will protect pregnant women, their unborn babies, and protect the baby after birth."

While there were 49 reports of miscarriage and eight reports of stillbirths among the 1 million women receiving the vaccine, the researchers said that some of these cases may have occurred regardless of whether the vaccine had been used.

The latest analysis follows a study published earlier this year in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology that found that women who developed H1N1 were more likely to deliver babies with low birth weights, which can have serious consequences for the newborns.