Influenza immunization in pregnancy

Noni E. MacDonald, Laura E. Riley, M. C. Steinhoff

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Abstract

Among healthy persons, two groups are notable for increased risk of serious illness and hospitalization with influenza infection: healthy women in pregnancy and their healthy infants (aged 0 to 6 months). Inactivated influenza vaccine has been used in pregnant women since the 1960s in both the United States and Canada; however, currently, only 15% of pregnant women receive the vaccine. A randomized, controlled trial has shown influenza immunization of pregnant women reduced influenza-like illness by more than 30% in both the mothers and the infants and reduced laboratory-proven influenza infections in 0- to 6-month-old infants by 63%. Physicians caring for pregnant women should be aware of the risks of influenza and of the availability of an effective and cost-saving intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-368
Number of pages4
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology
Volume114
Issue number2 PART 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes

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  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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MacDonald, N. E., Riley, L. E., & Steinhoff, M. C. (2009). Influenza immunization in pregnancy. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 114(2 PART 1), 365-368. https://doi.org/10.1097/AOG.0b013e3181af6ce8