Learn more about Pregnancy and Whooping Cough at the CDC’s website for Pregnant Women and Healthcare Professionals
CDC has many free materials on whooping cough (pertussis), including resources to promote the whooping cough vaccine recommendation for pregnant women.
Comprehensive CDC website for pregnant/breastfeeding women, Vaccines for Pregnant Women.
Additionally, the following chart provides a quick overview of vaccinations needed during pregnancy: Immunization and pregnancy, what vaccines do you need?
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.
What Pregnant Women Should Know About Flu See answers to common questions and concerns about pregnant women being immunized for the flu.
Send a CDC E-Card to your patients reminding them of the importance of being vaccinated against seasonal influenza.
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>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%
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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 Women. Obstet Gynecol. 0:1–15 DOI: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000000581