Preventing flu during pregnancy may lower risk of autism
By Mayo Clinic News Network
Expectant moms have yet another good reason to get their flu shot. It may lower their new baby’s risk of autism.
"From a public health point of view, this is very exciting news," says Greg Poland, M.D., head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "About 1 in 88 kids or so in the U.S. are getting diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), so this is a major public health issue and the potential benefit is huge."
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says autism has increased tenfold over the past 40 years.
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