A new report, Influenza Vaccination Coverage among Pregnant Women 29 States and New York City, 2009—2010 Season, was released last week in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). In this report, CDC analyzed data from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) to assess influenza vaccination coverage among women from 29 states and New York City with recent live-births.
Report findings: Pregnant women receiving the seasonal flu vaccination varied among the PRAMS states from 26.1% to 67.9%.
- Pregnant women receiving the pH1N1 flu vaccination varied among the PRAMS states from 21.9% to 63.3%.
- Women who received a provider recommendation or offer were five times as likely to get the seasonal flu vaccine as women who didn’t receive a provider offer. For pH1N1, women who received a provider recommendation or offer were fourteen times as likely to get the pH1N1 vaccination.
- These results indicate higher vaccination levels achieved during the 2009–2010 season as compared with the previous seasons.
Overall, women who reported that a health-care provider offered them influenza vaccination or told them to get it during their pregnancy were more likely to be vaccinated than those without an offer or recommendation. This emphasizes the critical role of health care providers in promoting influenza vaccination.
Learn more about:
- Pregnant Women and Influenza
- CDC - Seasonal Influenza (Flu) - Pregnant Women & Influenza (Flu)
- Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System (PRAMS)
- CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health