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Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy: Resource Overview

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has identified the following resources that may be helpful for ob-gyns, other health care providers and patients on topics related to influenza vaccination during pregnancy.

These materials are for information purposes only and are not meant to be comprehensive. Referral to these resources does not imply ACOG's endorsement of the organization, the organization’s website, or the content of the resource. The resources may change without notice.

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Resources for Ob-Gyns and Women’s Health Care Providers

Committee Opinion: Maternal Immunization
This Committee Opinion, issued by ACOG in June 2018, emphasizes the importance of maternal immunization to protect mothers and babies from potentially serious illness. It includes a simple table to help providers understand which vaccines their pregnant patients may need in addition to flu and Tdap. 

Committee Opinion: Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy 
This Committee Opinion, issued by ACOG in April 2018, emphasizes the importance of influenza vaccination during pregnancy to protect both mothers and babies from potentially serious illness. It includes information about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, as well as treatment and chemoprophylaxis recommendations. 

Immunization for Women (for Providers)
The Immunization for Women provider page was created by ACOG to provide ob-gyns and patients with a central, trusted source of up-to-date information on seasonal flu and other vaccine-preventable diseases, including influenza. Immunization for Women provides ob-gyns with a valuable resource for immunization best practices and patient education.

Toolkit: Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy
This toolkit, released by ACOG in 2012 (updated 2018), includes materials to help providers communicate with patients about the importance of receiving the influenza vaccine.

Influenza Vaccination Frequently Asked Questions
This provider FAQ (updated 2018) addresses influenza vaccination recommendations, safety, efficacy, and other common questions.

Assessment and Treatment of Pregnant Women with Influenza-like Illness
This algorithm walks providers through the assessment and treatment of pregnant women experiencing symptoms consistent with influenza illness.


Resources for Women and Patients

Immunization for Women (for Patients)
The Immunization for Women patient page was created by ACOG to provide ob-gyns and patients with a central, trusted source of up-to-date information on seasonal flu and other vaccine-preventable diseases, including influenza. Immunization for Women empowers women with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about immunization and their health.

Frequently Asked Questions for Patients Concerning Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy 
This patient FAQ addresses important patient questions regarding the influenza vaccine including the timing, safety, and efficacy of the vaccine.


External Resources

ACIP Recommendations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a full listing of recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice, a group of medical professionals that make recommendations about vaccine use.

CDC’s Influenza Page
The CDC influenza page provides an overview of influenza disease and vaccination recommendations.

CDC’s Guidelines for Vaccinating Pregnant Women
This guide for healthcare professionals, developed and maintained by the CDC, includes recommendations for vaccinating pregnant women against a number of diseases, including influenza.

CDC Handout: Pregnant? You Need a Flu Shot! (For Clinicians)
This CDC resource contains information for pregnant patients concerning influenza vaccination.

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a system for collecting, understanding, and sharing information about the possible side effects of vaccines. VAERS is a joint project of the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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