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  • More Pregnant Women Need to Get Flu Vaccinations

    Only 15.5 percent of pregnant women in Georgia get vaccinated, 33.4 percent in Rhode Island

    Publish date: Sep 11, 2009
    FRIDAY, Sept. 11 (HealthDay News) -- The proportion of pregnant women in Georgia and Rhode Island vaccinated for influenza has increased in recent years, but the great majority of pregnant women still do not get vaccinated, according to a report in the Sept. 11 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

    Indu B. Ahluwalia, Ph.D., of the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed data from the two states collected by the Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System. The data included pregnant women's self-reports of influenza vaccination, demographic information, and indicators of health care services.
    In Georgia, the authors note that the proportion of women who said they received an influenza vaccination during their most recent pregnancy increased from 10.4 to 15.5 percent between 2004 and 2006, while in Rhode Island, it increased from 21.9 to 33.4 percent between 2004 and 2007. Among the reasons given for pregnant women not getting vaccinated were that the woman didn't normally get vaccinated, their health care provider never advised it, the timing of the pregnancy, and concern about the safety of the influenza vaccine for the mother or baby. Vaccination of pregnant women is recommended by both the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

    "Increased efforts are needed to assess vaccine coverage during pregnancy and to educate providers and pregnant women about ACIP and ACOG recommendations on providing intramuscular, inactivated influenza vaccine during any trimester of pregnancy," Ahluwalia and colleagues conclude.
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