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News and Updates

Influenza 2014-2015

1/9/15 As a follow-up to CDC Health Advisory 374,  CDC Health Update 375 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

NEW GUIDANCE: The College has released a revised Tdap Vaccination in Pregnancy Committee Opinion, "Update on Immunization and Pregnancy: Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis Vaccination". 

In addition, the College recently released a new Committee Opinion encouraging ob-gyns to embrace immunizations as an integral part of their women's health care practice, "Integrating Immunizations Into Practice."

The College has issued an algorithm to assess and treat pregnant women with influenza-like illness (ILI). This alogrithm applies to pregnant women with ILI even if they have been vaccinated. Click here for the alogrithm.

Click here for CDC's antiviral treatment information.

Pregnant women are at significant risk for respiratory complications, preterm labor and delivery and ICU admission due to flu. Infants 6 months and younger are also at an increased risk of severe illness and even death from the flu.

The flu season is unpredictable and the best protection against getting sick with the flu is the flu shot. It's not too late to get one! Project yourself and your loved ones by getting vaccinated. Click here to find a flu shot clinic near you.

Flu Resources from CDC:

Weekly flu surveillance

For Pregnant Women

Visit the new and updated Vaccine Finder Website, a wonderful resource for finding flu shot locations.

 

 

Contact:

Immunization Program
immunization@acog.org