Mother Flu In Pregnancy Not Linked With Autism Risk In Child

Posted: Nov 30 2016, 9:29am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Mother Flu in Pregnancy Not Linked With Autism Risk in Child
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  • Mother’s Influenza during Pregnancy not linked with Autism Risk in Child

It has been said that the mother’s influenza during pregnancy is not linked with any autism risk in the child.

A study of 196,000 children found that there was no link between their mothers having the flu during pregnancy and a risk of the children being autistic. The study, published online by JAMA Pediatrics, lasted from 2000 to 2010.

That is a decade of research. There were 1400 mothers who got the flu during pregnancy. More than 45,000 received a vaccination during pregnancy. More than 3000 children were diagnosed with autism.

There was simply no association whatsoever between the mother catching flu during pregnancy and the babies turning out to be autistic. While there was a slight increase in children being autistic if the mothers were given flu vaccinations, in the end this matter was cleared up too.

It had been a statistical error merely stated due to a few chance occurrences along the way. Furthermore, the study could not determine causality in a strict and straightforward manner.

The research is important since it could have applications in future times. If any chances of autism in babies is found in this study or any other one in the times to come, then precautionary measures will have to be taken.

They are our only bet against autism. Yet for now, no such connection between flu while pregnant and autism in the babies has been found. The very idea is a bogus one and ought to be discarded from the medical lexicon.

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