A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against flu.
Vaccine experts think the results may reflect the older age and other miscarriage risks for the women, and not the flu jabs. Health officials say there is no reason to change the government recommendation that all pregnant women be vaccinated against the flu. They say the flu itself is a much greater danger to women and their fetuses.
Past studies have found flu vaccines are safe during pregnancy, though there’s been little research on impact of flu vaccinations given in the first three months of pregnancy.
This study focused only on miscarriages, which occur in the first 19 weeks of pregnancy and are common. As many as half of pregnancies end in miscarriage, according to a March of Dimes estimate that tries to include instances in which the miscarriage occurs before a women even realizes she was pregnant.
Many tabloids are scaremongering and saying there is a potential link between miscarriage and the flu vaccine.
When in fact the findings suggest an association not a casual link, and the research is too weak and preliminary, it other words there not 100% sure.
The researchers who conducted the study emphasise that it is not a reason to avoid the flu jab.
Science is an incremental process and a lot of people don’t understand that very seldom does a single study provide a definitive answer.
Our advice to you all is to check it out before you make a decision, read up on it, do not believe what is written in articles written to sell newspapers.
Remember how many scares there have been on many things and eventually they were found to be wrong.
Flu and its complications can kill, this is just one study and not proven fact.