Flu shot during pregnancy reduces autism risk

You've heard the controversy regarding vaccines and children and whether or not they cause autism. But another vaccine is believed to help prevent autism: the flu shot.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta says that pregnant women can lower their risk of having a child with autism by getting the flu SHOT (not the nasal spray), which doesn't contain the live flu virus.

It's not that the vaccine itself prevents autism, but rather that it prevents the flu. Dr. Greg Poland of the Mayo Clinic says that pregnant women who get the flu have double or even triple the risk of having a child with autism.

The same is true wit the rubella vaccine, though it must be given before you get pregnant.

Here's what I read:

http://www.everydayhealth.com/sanjay-gupta/flu-shot-reduces-risk-of-auti...

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