Increasing Maternal Immunization Rates

As maternal immunization becomes an increasingly important component of prenatal care, now is a critical time to support key prenatal care providers. ACOG has partnered with several national provider organizations to form a Maternal Immunization Task Force. Each of these organizations plays an integral role in the education and engagement of providers and pregnant women.This Task Force will share immunization resources, address the needs to prenatal care providers, and create a shared vision of maternal immunization.

Our Partners

American College of Nurse-Midwives

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs).

American Academy of Family Physicians

The American Academy of Family Physicians is the national association of family doctors.

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) empowers and supports nurses caring for women, newborns, and their families.

ACOG Maternal Immunization Resources

Summary of Maternal Immunization Recommendations is a provider resource created in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This quick reference can be used to assess the immunization needs of pregnant patients. 

Maternal Immunization Toolkit contains materials, including the Vaccines During Pregnancy Poster, to support you and your staff on recommending the influenza vaccine and the Tdap vaccine to all pregnant patients.

Influenza Immunization During Pregnancy Toolkit contains materials to support you and your staff on communicating with pregnant women about the importance of receiving a flu shot, especially during pregnancy.

Tdap Immunization Toolkit contains materials to support you and your staff on communicating with pregnant women about the importance of Tdap vaccination to protect infants from pertussis (whooping cough).

Immunization Champions are identified ACOG members who have demonstrated exceptional progress in increasing immunization rates among adults and pregnant women in their communities through leadership, innovation, collaboration, and educational activities aimed at following ACOG and CDC guidance. 

Visit Immunization for Women (for Providers) for additional resources and information.

Background

In October 2018, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) was awarded a five-year cooperative agreement entitled, “Maternal Vulnerable Population Partnership,” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support.

This agreement focuses on building partnerships between prenatal care providers and increasing maternal immunization rates through a series of approaches including partnerships, capacity building, provider and patient education, and resource evaluation.

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