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Despite new study, doctors recommend pregnant mothers get flu vaccine

A new study out Wednesday is raising concerns about the safety of a certain version of the flu vaccine and the risk of miscarriage. Dr. Jon LaPook reports.
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Background: While generally mild in children, rubella infection in early pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, fetal death or congenital rubella syndrome. Rubella vaccination is not yet available as a part of routine immunization in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and the burden of infection is unknown. Methods: In collaboration with the 2013–2014 DRC Demographic and Health Survey, a serosurvey was carried out to assess population immunity to vaccine-preventable diseases. Dry blood spot samples collected from children 6–59 months of age were processed using the Dynex Technologies Multiplier FLEX c...
Source: The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Original Studies Source Type: research
PMID: 29274702 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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The Zika virus (ZIKV) can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Resulting infection by this virus can cause early miscarriage and a pattern of severe birth defects in fetuses and infants. Therefore, a rapid diagnostic assay that can be performed throughout pregnancy in a clinical setting is vital for prenatal care of women living in areas where this virus may be transmitted.CDC has developed a RT-LAMP assay for the rapid screening of ZIKV RNA from urine and serum. As few as 10 copies of ZIKV RNA per microliter can be detected using this assay, showing that it is highly sensitive. It was also shown to be highly spec...
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Conclusions: Although statistically insignificant, the detrimental impact of influenza A H1N1pdm09 on pregnancy can be serious in some complicated cases in South Korea. Thus, the strong recommendation of influenza vaccination should be maintained for pregnant women as a high priority. PMID: 29232939 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: The Korean Journal of Internal Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Tags: Korean J Intern Med Source Type: research
AbstractBackgroundRubella is caused by the rubella virus, a single-stranded RNA virus of theTogaviridae family. The most severe complications of rubella in adult women occur during pregnancy when infection can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth or congenital rubella syndrome. Antenatal rubella susceptibility screening is no longer performed in England, Scotland or Wales but continues in Northern Ireland.AimThe aims of this seroprevalence study were to (1) determine amongst women presenting for antenatal care the percentage of women who are rubella susceptible, rubella immune and those with equivocal rubella antibody levels by...
Source: Irish Journal of Medical Science - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
Spontaneous abortion and ectopic pregnancy: Case definition &guidelines for data collection, analysis, and presentation of maternal immunization safety data. Vaccine. 2017 Dec 04;35(48 Pt A):6563-6574 Authors: Rouse CE, Eckert LO, Babarinsa I, Fay E, Gupta M, Harrison MS, Kawai AT, Kharbanda EO, Kucuku M, Meller L, Mallett Moore T, Subelj M, Kochhar S, Tavares-Da-Silva F, Global Alignment of Immunization Safety in Pregnancy (GAIA) Abortion Work Group, Brighton Collaboration Abortion Working Group PMID: 29150062 [PubMed - in process]
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This report updates a previous report (3) and summarizes global progress toward rubella and CRS control and elimination from 2000 to 2016. As of December 2016, 152 (78%) of 194 countries had introduced RCV into the national immunization schedule, representing an increase of 53 countries since 2000, including 20 countries that introduced RCV after 2012. PMID: 29145358 [PubMed - in process]
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After a study linked miscarriage with the flu vaccine, many pregnant women became reluctant to receive it. Here's what clinicians should tell pregnant women to reassure them about the safety of the flu vaccine.Medscape Ob/Gyn
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Is your head already spinning from all of the confusing information about the safety of routine vaccinations? Well, news of the latest findings regarding the flu vaccine during pregnancy certainly won’t help things. A group of researchers recently reported an association between a pregnant woman getting the flu vaccine and having a miscarriage. The authors were clear that the study could not establish that flu shots cause miscarriage. It could only report the observation that, in this small group of women, miscarriage was slightly more common within 28 days of getting the flu shot. But only in women who had also gott...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Cold and Flu Family Planning and Pregnancy Health Infectious diseases Prevention Vaccines Women's Health Source Type: blogs
by Ana Bonell, Yoel Lubell, Paul N. Newton, John A. Crump, Daniel H. Paris BackgroundScrub typhus is a vector-borne zoonotic disease that can be life-threatening. There are no licensed vaccines, or vector control efforts in place. Despite increasing awareness in endemic regions, the public health burden and global distribution of scrub typhus remains poorly known. MethodsWe systematically reviewed all literature from public health records, fever studies and reports available on the Ovid MEDLINE, Embase Classic + Embase and EconLit databases, to estimate the burden of scrub typhus since the year 2000. FindingsIn prospective...
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