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Influenza Vaccine and Pregnancy

ACIP study looks at 2014-15 flu season

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) continue to recommend the influenza vaccine for pregnant women and infants who are at increased risk for influenza-related complications and hospitalization. Findings of an Internet panel survey among 1,702 respondents who were pregnant and recommendations for health care providers included:

• 50.3% of pregnant women were vaccinated before or during pregnancy.

• Women who received a provider offer of vaccination had substantially higher vaccination coverage than those who did not receive an offer of vaccination.

• Barriers to vaccination included negative attitudes about safety and efficacy of influenza vaccination.

• Interventions should include implementing clinic-based education to ensure access to information about influenza vaccine safety and efficacy as well as systems to ensure that health care providers recommend and offer influenza vaccine to all pregnant women.

Citation: Ding H, Black CL, Ball S, et al. Influenza vaccination coverage among pregnant women – United States, 2014-15 influenza season. MMWR. 2015; 64(36):1000-1005.