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Flu Shots Don’t Increase Autism Risk In Pregnancy : Shots


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Some people have had concerns that ASD might be linked to the vaccines children receive, but studies have shown that there is no link between receiving vaccines and developing ASD. In 2011, an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on eight vaccines given to children and adults found that with rare exceptions, these vaccines are very safe.

Key Takeaways:

  • Getting the flu while pregnant doesn’t appear to increase the child’s risk of being diagnosed with autism later on, a study finds, and neither does getting a flu shot while pregnant.
  • The researchers then looked at the mothers’ health records to see if they had been diagnosed with flu while pregnant and whether they’d gotten a flu shot.
  • They found no correlation overall between having the flu while pregnant and increased autism risk in children.

“The researchers then looked at the mothers’ health records to see if they had been diagnosed with flu while pregnant and whether they’d gotten a flu shot.”

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/11/28/503592933/flu-vaccine-during-pregnancy-not-linked-to-autism