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Swine flu vaccine safe in pregnancy: study

The swine flu shot appears to be safe for pregnant women, according to a new government report that tallies health problems occurring after the vaccinations.

During the 2009-2010 flu season, millions of pregnant women received the vaccine against swine flu, or H1N1 influenza, yet but less than 300 possible complications were reported to a national database.

Researchers estimated that out of one million pregnant women who received the vaccine, 118 experienced a potential side effect from the shot.

These findings support the official recommendation that pregnant women receive the seasonal flu vaccine, which will contain the H1N1 vaccine in the upcoming flu season, said study author Dr. Pedro Moro of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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