|That's because the newest studies suggest the culprit may not be infections such as the flu per se, but pregnant mothers' immune reactions to such infections. Current guidelines recommend that pregnant women get a flu shot -- and the point of the flu vaccine is to set off an immune reaction. If the risk for schizophrenia is increased as a result of maternal antibodies, might protecting mom and baby from the flu raise the risk the child could get schizophrenia years down the road?|
I am not saying that the flu vaccine causes schizophrenia in the fetus later in its life.
I do think it is interesting that it's the immune response that is being studied. And the effect of an immune response on the development of the fetus.
Something that the vaccine or the wild virus elicits.
It is my understanding that pregnant women can be at a higher risk for complication from the flu. But not all pregnant women get the flu, and hence not all pregnant women's immune systems are provoked by wild influenza. Getting a flu vaccine pretty much ensures an immune response.
This is just to say that we don't know very much about the immune system and the interplay between the mothers immune system and the development of the fetus.
OP, I hope you are feeling better. It sounds like you had a horrid experience with the flu.