Information for Ob-Gyns on Influenza & Pertussis

Flu Season 2010-2011 Is Here!
Influenza is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women. Now is the time to start immunizing your pregnant or soon-to-be pregnant patients.

  • This year's seasonal flu shot protects against 3 flu viruses, including last year's H1N1 virus.
  • Vaccine is readily available now. A record number of doses are projected to be available this flu season.

New Pregnant Woman and Flu Study
A new study in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, showed that if a woman gets a flu shot during pregnancy, some immunity that develops will be passed on to her unborn baby.

New Pertussis Updates
As of November 2, 2010, over 6,430 cases had been reported to the California Department of Public Health, including 205 infants <6 months hospitalized and 10 infant deaths. Infants often get the disease from family members. Close contacts of infants need a pertussis booster shot (Tdap). If a pregnant woman hasn't yet received a Tdap shot, she should get it during pregnancy (in the 2nd or 3rd trimester) or immediately after delivery.

New Adolescent Pertussis (Tdap) Law - No Shot, No School
If you see adolescents, you need to know about the new Tdap law requiring all students entering 7th-12th grades during the 2011-2012 school year, to show proof of a pertussis (Tdap) booster shot before starting school. After July 1, 2012, the pertussis (Tdap) requirement will apply only to students entering the 7th grade.

  • Give Tdap, as well as other recommended adolescent immunizations, to your adolescent patients now, so they can meet the 7th-12th grade entry requirement.
  • Make sure to clearly document administration of the Tdap vaccine on the adolescent's immunization record and/or immunization registry.

New, Free Resources

For Your Patients:
A Pregnant Woman's Guide to Preventing the Flu/Caring for Yourself if You Get the Flu
An award-winning flyer, updated for flu season 2010-2011.

For Providers:
Stop Pertussis: Pregnant Women Rely on You
Information regarding preventing, testing, and treating pertussis in pregnant women.

Online Resources: - more information and free resources - personal stories from people affected by vaccine-preventable diseases


Michelle Clark
District IX Manager
Office: (202) 863-2564
Toll-free: 1 (877) 759-0155

ACOG District IX:

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC  20024-2188 | Mailing Address: PO Box 70620, Washington, DC 20024-9998