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Flu Vaccine Safe Throughout Pregnancy

Studies Also Show Vaccinated Moms Less Likely to Have Small or Premature Babies

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The analysis also shows no association between the vaccine preservative thimerosal and adverse outcomes in infants. Because thimerosal contains a kind of mercury -- and because mercury can be highly toxic -- there is a belief among some parents of autistic children that thimerosal caused their children's disease.

No such link exists, says Paul Offit, MD, of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He was not involved with the work. But if a pregnant woman has concerns, she can just ask for single-dose flu vaccine, which has no thimerosal, he tells WebMD.

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