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Influenza Vaccination Rates During Pregnancy

MMWR; ePub 2016 Dec 9; Kerr, et al

Influenza vaccination coverage increased among pregnant women in selected areas in the US during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 influenza seasons, according to a recent study. Among participants in the Birth Defects Study, which included pregnant women in New York and Massachusetts and the areas surrounding Philadelphia, PA, and San Diego, CA, researchers found:

  • Influenza vaccination coverage among pregnant women increased during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 influenza vaccination seasons, to 35% and 41%, respectively.
  • Most influenza vaccines received by pregnant women were administered in physicians’ offices or clinics.

The authors concluded that incorporating counseling and education about influenza vaccination during pregnancy and administration of seasonal influenza vaccine into the routine management of pregnant women would offer a potential opportunity to increase coverage among this vulnerable group.

Citation:

Kerr S, Van Bennekom CM, Mitchell AA. Influenza vaccination coverage during pregnancy—selected sites, United States, 2005–06 through 2013–14 influenza vaccine seasons. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016;65:1370–1373. doi:10.15585/mmwr.mm6548a3.