February 16 2017 Update on Influenza Activity in the United States
February 16 2017 Interim Estimates of Flu VE show overall effectiveness of 2016-17 flu vaccine at 48%
July 8, 2016 HPV-related cancers on the rise, yet are preventable with HPV Vaccination. Read the MMWR, Human Papillomavirus–Associated Cancers, United States, 2008–2012.
June 27, 2016 The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the CDC voted to recommend that live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) should not be used in the United States for the 2016 to 2017 influenza season Click Here for more information
June 10, 2016 Influenza activity in the U.S. for the 2015-16 season was published in the MMWR, Influenza Activity, United States, 2015–16 Season and Composition of the 2016–17 Influenza Vaccine
April 12, 2016 The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) published the Call to Action: Addressing New and Ongoing Adolescent Vaccination Challenges. View the Call to Action to learn more about the risks and ways to improve vaccination rates.
February 5, 2016 The U.S. Department of Health and Human services released the first National Adult Immunization Plan which lays out four goals to increase adult immunization rates in the U.S. Read the National Adult Immunization Plan
February 4, 2016 The Surveillance of Vaccination Coverage Among Adult Populations — United States, 2014 noted an increase in vaccination coverage for Tdap and herpes zoster among adults. read the full MMWR
February 1, 2016 CDC HAN 387 Flu Season Begins: Severe Influenza Illness Reported CDC urges rapid antiviral treatment of very ill and high risk suspect influenza patients without waiting for testing
January 21, 2016 ACOG and SMFM have issued a Practice Advisory on the Zika virus about prevention strategies and current guidance for management of pregnant women. View the Practice Advisory at acog.org
January 19, 2016 Visit the Zika Virus Updates page for all of the latest news and resources on Zika Virus from ACOG
December 17, 2015 Notes from the Field: Injection Safety and Vaccine Administration Errors at an Employee Influenza Vaccination Clinic, New Jersey, 2015. Read the full MMWR.
December 17, 2015 New TFAH/RWJF report, Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases, finds major gaps in infectious disease outbreak prevention and response. Learn more at TFAH
December 10, 2015 CDC recommends that travelers to South America protect themselves from mosquito bites. The Ministry of Health of Brazil is concerned about a possible association between the Zika virus outbreak and increased numbers of babies born with birth defects. For this reason, pregnant women should take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Read more at the CDC Travel Notice page Zika Virus in South America
November 18, 2015 The November issue of Needle Tips, a publication for healthcare professionals who administer vaccines to adults, written by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) and reviewed by CDC is available.
October 23, 2015 Study Finds Physicians May Be Hesitant To Recommend HPV Vaccine For Young Adults. Read the full article on NPR's "Shots" blog, "Doctors, Not Parents, Are The Biggest Obstacle To The HPV Vaccine"
September 18, 2015 Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Pregnant Women, US, 2014–15 Influenza Season are available. Read the full MMWR
September 18, 2015 Final 2014–15 Influenza Vaccination Coverage Estimates are available. Read the full MMWR
August 7, 2015 "Prevention and Control of Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the ACIP, U.S., 2015–16 Influenza Season" was published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Read the full MMWR artice
July 31, 2015 "National, Regional, State, and Selected Local Area Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13–17 Years, U.S., 2014" was published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Read the full MMWR article
July 16, 2015 “Pertussis and Influenza Vaccination among Insured Pregnant Women, Wisconsin, 2013–2014” MMWR reports “51.0% of Wisconsin women received Tdap during pregnancy" Read the full MMWR article
July 2, 2015 Washington State Department of Health confirmed a measles-related death. The last verifiable measles infection that resulted in death in the U.S. was in 2003. visit the Measles Outbreak page for more information
June 26, 2015 Human Papillomavirus Vaccination. Committee Opinion No. 641. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obstet Gynecol was published Electronically Ahead of Print on June 26, 2015
June 22, 2015 Trust for America's Health (TFAH), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and UPMC Center for Health Security recommend system-wide preparedness for potential outbreaks in the new issue brief: Top Actions the United States Should Take to Prepare for MERS-CoV and Other Emerging Infections
June 11, 2015 CDC Health Alert Network Health Advisory: Updated Information and Guidelines for Evaluation of Patients for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Infection View CDC's HAN 380
June 8, 2015 AMA Supports Tighter Limitations on Immunization Opt Outs click here to read full AMA Press Release
June 2, 2015 CDC Health Alert Network (HAN): Bird Infections with Highly-Pathogenic Avian Influenza A (H5N2), (H5N8), and (H5N1) Viruses: Recommendations for Human Health Investigations and Response. View CDC's HAN 378
May 28, 2015 As of May 22, 2015, USDA is reporting that HPAI H5 viruses have been detected in 20 U.S. states (15 states have experienced outbreaks in domestic poultry or captive birds, and five states have detected H5 in wild birds only). Visit CDC.gov for more information.
May 22, 2015 MMWR: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis Vaccination Coverage Before, During, and After Pregnancy — 16 States and New York City, 2011 click here for the full MMWR
April 21, 2015 Important Information Regarding Three Lots of Sanofi Pasteur’s 2014-2015 Fluzone Quadrivalent (Influenza Vaccine) Supplied in Multidose Vials
April 20, 2015 “What Obstetric Health Care Providers Need to Know About Measles and Pregnancy” Obstetrics & Gynecology (available online ahead of print)
April 17, 2015 GSK issued voluntary recall all remaining lots of 2014-2015 FLULAVAL® QUADRIVALENT Thimerosal-Free Pre-Filled Syringes (PFS). View recall letter here.
April 16, 2015 Vaccine blog post: Facts Are Your Friends -Vaccinate Your Children, written by Kristen Bell
April 15, 2015 A new vaccine information statement for HPV 9-valent vaccine is now available, and may be used immediately
April 6, 2015 ACOG Fellows and their staff will be able to submit specific OB/GYN coding questions to ACOG Coding Assistance by registering for the New Ticket Database at https://acogcoding.freshdesk.com
March 27, 2015 The CDC published the "Use of 9-valent Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine: Updated HPV Vaccination Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice " in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on March 27, 2015.
February 10, 2015 A JAMA Intern. Med. Article published online today concluded that HPV Vaccinations don’t lead to riskier sexual behavior among girls. Read full article.
February 6, 2015 The MMWR “Vaccination Coverage Among Adults, Excluding Influenza -- United States, 2013” waspublished covering the most recent estimates of adult non-influenza vaccine uptake in the United States from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).
February 4, 2014 Neil S. Silverman, MD, spokesman for the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine discussed SMFM’s recommendation that women hoping to become pregnant should get vaccinated against measles in advance, read the full article at USA Today.
February 3, 2015 The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement urging public officials to cite credible, science-based sources of information when discussing measles. Read the full statement from CEO/Executive Director Errol R Alden, MD, FAAP.
January 26, 2015 Every year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) develops recommendations for routine use of vaccines in children, adolescents, and adults. The 2015 Childhood Immunization Schedule is now available online.
January 26, 2015 The U.S. is experiencing a large multi-state Measles outbreak visit the Measles Outbreak page for more details.
January 23, 2015 CDC Health Alert Network released HAN 376: U.S. Multi-state Measles Outbreak, December 2014- January 2015
January 14, 2015 Listen to the 2014-2015 Influenza Activity and Antiviral Recommendations CDC COCA Call on demand to hear a summary of CDC’s current antiviral recommendations, and gain insight into data that inform the antiviral recommendations.
January 14, 2015 The Department of Strategic National Stockpile is available 7am-7pm M-F to assist public health officials and care facilities with rapidly directing supply of Influenza antivirals where they are needed. Please contact them at email@example.com or 770-488-7100 (Emergency CDC line)
January 9, 2015 As a follow-up to CDC Health Advisory 374, CDC Health Alert 375: Treatment of Patients with Influenza with Antiviral Medications emphasizes that women who are pregnant or postpartum (within 2 weeks after delivery) are at high risk. There have been reports of numerous hospitalizations of pregnant women, these high hospitalization rates are similar to the 2012-13 influenza season. Please refer to the ACOG/ SMFM Algorithm for the Assessment and treatment for pregnant women
January 7, 2015 Good news from CMS regarding payment for a second dose of pneumococcal vaccine via Medicare!
December 19, 2014: Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) are pleased to share with you a new report, Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases 2014. The report finds the Ebola outbreak exposes serious underlying gaps in the nation's ability to manage severe infectious disease threats.
December 9, 2014 The Society of Maternal and Fetal Medicine (SMFM) released Ebola and Pregnancy: General Pregnancy Guidance
December 8, 2014 "How to Counsel Patients about Immunizations" by John Jennings, MD, ACOG President
December 8, 2014 A new CDC study looking at human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination during pregnancy was published in the journal Vaccine
December 5, 2014 During January 1–November 26, 2014, a total of 9,935 cases of pertussis with onset in 2014 were reported to California Department of Public Health, visit our Pertussis page to read more
December 3, 2014 CDC Health Advisory Regarding the Potential for Circulation of Drifted Influenza A (H3N2) Viruses. Influenza Season Assessment and Treatment for Pregnant Women with Influenza-like Illness (ACOG/SMFM)
November 11, 2014 New study finds Tdap vaccine during pregnancy not associated with increased risk of preterm delivery or small birth size. Visit our pertussis page to learn more.
October 29, 2014 FDA announced that it has approved the first vaccine to prevent serogroup B Meningococcal disease. Additional information can be found on the manufacturer’s press release.
October 29, 2014 The FDA approved Flublok influenza vaccine for all adults 18 years of age and older. This expands upon Flublok’s previous indication for ages 18 – 49 years. Flublok is the only licensed flu vaccine that is made using modern recombinant technology and the only flu vaccine that is 100% egg-free and highly purified. It also contains three times more active ingredients than traditional flu vaccines. See the manufacturer’s press release for more details.
October 9, 2014 2009 H1N1 Influenza and Pregnancy- 5 years later, by Sonja A. Rasmussen, M.D., and Denise J. Jamieson, M.D., M.P.H., a review of the importance of flu vaccine in pregnancy has been published by the New England Journal of Medicine.
October 9, 2014 Join ACOG for a webinar on Influenza Immunization and the Ob-Gyn's key role in prevention Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 from 12pm-1pm ET. The webinar is FREE and open to all who are interested. CME credit will also be offered. Click here to register!
October 9, 2014 ACOG signed on to a letter to providers encouraging influenza and Tdap vaccination in pregnant women. Click here to read the letter.
Updated October 2, 2014 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response.
October 3, 2014 The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published a summary of influenza activity in the United States and worldwide from May 18 – September 20, 2014. Overall, the United Stated experienced low levels of influenza activity. Of the 66,006 specimens respiratory specimens tested for influenza, 3,209 (4.9%) were positive. Click here for the full MMWR
September 24, 2014 ACOG Current Commentary: What Obstetrician- Gynecologists Should Know About Ebola, A perspective from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
September 19, 2014 CDC released new pneumococcal vaccination recommendations. Adults 65 years of age or older are now recommended to get the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13, Prevnar-13®) followed by the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23, Pneumovax®23) 6-12 months later. Click here for the full MMWR
September 18, 2014: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new information regarding Influenza vaccine coverage among pregnant women during the 2013-14 flu season. Coverage among pregnant women during the 2013-2014 flu season was 52.2%, similar to coverage in 2012-13 (50.5%) but higher than the estimate for the 2011-12 season (46.4%). While stable, it means that nearly half of all pregnant women and their babies were not protected from the flu. However, this is a dramatic increase in vaccination coverage among pregnant women from the 15% vaccination rate prior to the H1N1 pandemic in 2009! Click here for full MMWR article.
September 18, 2014: The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases held its annual Influenza/ Pneumococcal News Conference today. Fact: Among all people ≥6 months, flu vaccination coverage during the 2013–14 flu season was 46.2%, which was 1.2 percentage points higher than the 2012- 2013 season (45.0%)
September 3, 2014: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new infographic highlighting key findings from the 2013 National Immunization Survey (NIS) Children (19-35 months). Click here to view the infographic!