Background: Influenza virus infection is responsible for significant morbidity and mortality in children, particularly among those younger than 6 months . Preventing influenza in these young infants is therefore an important health priority. Efforts to prevent influenza in infants aged <6 months through direct vaccination have not been successful, because of inadequate infant immune responses . Providing passive protection to the infant through vaccinating pregnant women may be an attractive alternative to direct immunization.
Author List: Cohen C, Nunes MC.
Journal Name: J Infect Dis. 2020 Jan 1;221(1):5-7. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiz387. PMID: 31671176.