flu virus and pregnant womenThe flu virus vaccine used for pregnant women has no harmful effects, according to a new study out this week.

The research, published at the Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases, shows that H1N1 vaccination of pregnant women during influenza pandemic did not affect growth or development of children in the first year of life.

Louise Silverton, director for midwifery at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “This is good news as it confirms the results of previous studies on the safety of the flu vaccine for pregnant women and their unborn baby.

“We continue to recommend that pregnant women have the flu vaccination during the flu season (autumn and winter) to protect themselves and their baby from the effects of flu. We also urge midwives and other health professionals to have the vaccination to protect themselves, their family and the people they care for from the infection.”