Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Women Who Delivered a Live-Born InfantCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent this bulletin at 12/13/2013 12:17 PM EST
Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Women Who Delivered a Live-Born Infant—21 States and New York City, 2009–10 and 2010–11 Influenza Seasons
Historically, vaccination rates for pregnant women are lower than desired. It is especially important for pregnant women to get the flu vaccine to help prevent severe illness and pregnancy-related complications that can result from influenza. This week’s MMWR features an article drawn from data obtained through CDC’s Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). The article looks at changes in vaccination coverage for seasonal influenza among women who participated in the PRAMS survey. It also provides information on when women were vaccinated, settings where they received vaccines, and for women who were not vaccinated, the reasons why they did not obtain the vaccine.
There is still much work to be done to improve vaccination promotion strategies for pregnant and postpartum women. We also suggest promotion be included if you are involved in preconception health activities.
You may view information the entire article here. PRAMS also offers a Web-based application that delivers important data on women’s health through the CPONDER system.
Finally, we recommend using the CDC resources on influenza and pregnancy, including the fact sheets at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/pregnant.htm and promotional materials at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw/resources.htm.