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1. Flu vaccine cuts risk of stillbirth by half.
Pregnant women who have the influenza vaccine cut their risk of having a stillborn baby by more than half, according to a major new study by the WA Health Department.
Researchers found that women who had been recently vaccinated against the flu were 51 per cent less likely to have a stillbirth than women who were unvaccinated. The study of nearly 60,000 births highlights the potentially life-saving protection the maternal vaccine may offer unborn babies as well as benefits for expectant mothers and newborns.
The West Australian reports that the study by the department’s communicable disease control directorate and Telethon Kids Institute suggested the risk of death for an unborn baby was linked to expectant mothers getting the virus.
Study author Annette Regan said the research was “particularly exciting” because it indicated vaccination could help reduce the rate of stillbirth.
“Our results are particularly exciting since they show we can get the same protection during seasonal epidemics, which occur every winter. Unfortunately, we know that about 40 percent of pregnant women go unvaccinated, missing out on these benefits.”
Over 3 million stillbirths occur worldwide each year, and in developed countries, stillbirth accounts for 70 percent of infant deaths around the time of birth.
The“flu shot, is recommended and funded for pregnant women under the National Immunisation Program. It is can be given at any time during pregnancy.
2. Woman, in 20s, stabbed to death in Brisbane.
A man has been charged with murder over the stabbing death of a woman outside a home north of Brisbane last night.
Police say they were called to a residence on Saint Ives Court following reports of a disturbance around 10.30pm.
On arrival, a woman in her 20s was located on a driveway with what appeared to be stab wounds to her face, legs, arms and chest.
An ambulance officer told 9NEWS it was a “very graphic scene”.
“It is the worst of these sorts of incidents we’ve seen in a long while,” he said.
“It is very tragic.”
A 35-year-old man was arrested at the scene and charged with murder.
3. First-grade girls plotted to kill their classmate.
Three seven-year-old girls who had plotted to kill their classmate have been suspended from their school in the US.
The three girls planned to use silica gel packets, which are commonly found in pre-packaged food products to keep moisture away, to poison another student.
“Three students in the class were planning on using the silica gel packets (These are not actually poison, but the students believed they were) from their lunchtime seaweed to poison and kill another student,” Winterberry Charter School Principal Shanna Mall reportedly wrote in an email to parents on March 22.