Pregnancy Resources

ACOG Clinical Guidance

Additional ACOG Resources

    • ACOG has developed Frequently Asked Question tear pad's for ob-gyn's and other health care providers to to share with patients:

CDC Resources

    • Pregnant Women Need a Flu Shot! A CDC web page answers common questions about pregnant women and the flu. Additionally, hard copies of the DVD are available for ob-gyns who wish to ‘loop’ it in their offices on continuous play for patients.

    • Send a CDC E-Card to your patients reminding them of the importance of being vaccinated against seasonal influenza.

Additional Resources

      • The California Department of Public Health has developed the following resources:
      • National Vaccine Advisory Committee: Reducing Patient and Provider Barriers to Maternal Immunizations:


Kerr S, Van Bennekom CM, Mitchell AA. Influenza vaccination coverage during pregnancy—selected sites, United States, 2005–06 through 2013–14 influenza vaccine seasons. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016;65:1370–1373. doi:10.15585/mmwr.mm6548a3.

Influenza in Infants Born to Women Vaccinated During Pregnancy. Shakib JH, Korgenski K, Presson AP, Sheng X, Varner MW, Pavia AT, Byington CL.

Pediatrics. 2016 Jun;137(6). pii: e20152360. doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-2360. Epub 2016 May 2.

Maternal benefits of immunization during pregnancy. Swamy GK, Beigi RH. Vaccine. 2015 Nov 25;33(47):6436-40. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2015.08.035. Epub 2015 Sep 16.

Morgan, J; Baggari, S; Chung, W; Ritch, J; McIntire, D; Sheffield, J. Association of a Best-Practice Alert and Prenatal Administration With Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid, and Acellular Pertussis Vaccination RatesObstetrics & Gynecology. August 2015. 126(2); 333–337.
>This article concludes that the use of a best-practice alert, in concert with the recommended change in timing of maternal vaccination from postpartum to antepartum, was associated with an increase in the Tdap immunization rate to 97%

Kostinov MP, Cherdantsev AP, Pakhomov DC. Anti-Influenza Antibody Level in Mother-Infant Pairs Depending on Trimester of Vaccination of Pregnant Women Using Immunoadjuvant Vaccine. Vaccines & Vaccination. October 2, 2015. 6 (5): 297.

Polyzos K, Konstantelias A, Pitsa C, Falagas M. Maternal Influenza Vaccination and Risk for Congenital Malformations: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysisObstet Gynecol. November 2015. 126(5);1075-1084. 

Sukumaran L, McCarthy N,  Kharbanda E, McNiel M, Naleway A, Klein N, et al. Association of Tdap Vaccination With Acute Events and Adverse Birth Outcomes Among Pregnant Women With Prior Tetanus-Containing Immunizations. JAMA. October 20, 2015. 314 (15): 1581-1587.

Sukumaran L, McCarthy N,  Kharbanda E, Weintraub E, Vazquez-Benitez G, McNeil, M. et al. Safety of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid, and Acellular Pertussis and Influenza Vaccinations in PregnancyObstetrics & Gynecology. November 2015. 126 (5);1075-1084.

Swamy, Greeta K., Heine, R. Phillips. Vaccinations for Pregnant Women. Obstet Gynecol. 2014.

Rasmussen SA, Watson AK, Kennedy ED, Broder KR, Jamieson DJ. Vaccines and pregnancy: past, present, and future. Semin Fetal Neonatal Med. 2014 Jun;19(3):161-9. Epub 2013 Dec 17

During the 2013-2014 influenza season, 52% of pregnant women were vaccinated. Provider recommendation and offer of vaccine is shown to have been a key factor in increasing vaccination rates. Read the article, Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Pregnant Women, United States 2013-14 Influenza Season. MMWR. (2014) 63(37);816-821.

Swamy, Greeta K., Heine, R. Phillips. Vaccinations for Pregnant WomenObstet Gynecol. 0:1–15 DOI: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000000581

 Updated: 12/20/16

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