Flu vaccine for pregnant women

All Pregnant Women Should Get Flu Vaccine, Says ACOGUpdated Guidelines, New Safety Data Make Stronger Argument for VaccinationAugust 19, 2014Washington, DC — New data show the continued critical need for all pregnant women, regardless of trimester, to receive the influenza vaccination, according to an updated Committee Opinion released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (the College). The College emphasizes that preventing the flu is an essential element of preconception, prenatal, and postpartum care.
Prior to the H1N1 pandemic in 2009, influenza immunization rates for pregnant women were at only 15%.
Flu vaccination is crucial for all pregnant women because the immune system changes during pregnancy, which puts women at increased risk of serious illness and complications if they get the flu.
Vaccination early in the flu season is optimal, regardless of the stage of pregnancy, but it can be done at any time during the season, which is October through May. Committee Opinion #608, "Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy," will be published in the September issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Several studies released in recent years have increasingly demonstrated the safety and efficacy of influenza vaccine during pregnancy. Moreover, physicians, healthcare organizations, and public health officials should improve their efforts to increase immunization rates among pregnant women, according to the Committee Opinion.
This rate increased to 50% in the 2009-2010 flu season and has been sustained or slightly increased every flu season since due to strong efforts by the College, the CDC and others. In addition, flu vaccination performs double duty by protecting both pregnant women and their fetuses; babies cannot be vaccinated against the flu until they are six months old, but they receive antibodies from their vaccinated mother, helping to protect them until they can be vaccinated directly. The College advises that all women who are or who become pregnant during the annual flu season get the inactivated flu vaccine.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women.

However, there is still room for significant improvement to increase influenza immunization rates for all pregnant women beyond 50%.
As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of approximately 58,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care.
The live attenuated version of the flu vaccine (the nasal mist) should not be given to pregnant women.

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