Posts Tagged ‘viral infection’

Flu shot during pregnancy cuts risk of stillborn, preterm and small babies

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Getting a flu shot during pregnancy provides unanticipated benefits to the baby, according to a large population-based study.

Specifically, the study showed that H1N1 vaccination during the pandemic was associated with a significantly reduced risk of stillbirth, preterm birth and extremely small babies at birth.

Researchers at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI), the CHEO Research Institute and the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) used data from Ontario’s birth record database, BORN, to examine 55,570 single-child births that took place in Ontario during the H1N1 pandemic.

The study shows that, compared to pregnant women who were not immunized against H1N1, mothers who received the H1N1 vaccination were 34 percent less likely to have a stillbirth, 28 percent less likely to deliver before 32 weeks, and 19 percent less likely to give birth to a child with a birth weight for gestational age in the bottom third percentile.


Vitamin D protects against viral infections

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

You could protect yourself better against viral infections, especially during autumn and winter, with vitamin D supplementation, says a new study.

Since vitamin D levels decrease during the year’s last quarter when days are shorter and sunlight is relatively weak, this may explain why people are more prone to viral infection during these times.

The study also suggests that vitamin D supplementation, especially in older populations, could strengthen people’s innate immunity against viral infections, the Journal of Leukocyte Biology reports.

`As more and more research into Vitamin D is conducted, we are learning that it is extremely important for human health,` said Victor Manuel Martinez-Taboada, researcher in rheumatology at the Hospital Universitario at the Unversidad de Cantabria in Santander, Spain.


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