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Maternal Immunization: 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 maternal immunization.

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 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. 

Committee Opinion: Update on Immunization During Pregnancy: Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Acellular Pertussis Vaccination 
The Committee Opinion, issued by ACOG in September 2017, covers the critical role of Tdap vaccination during pregnancy for the prevention of pertussis in newborns before they can get their own vaccines. This updated guidance includes information about the safety, efficacy, and recommended timing for Tdap vaccination during pregnancy. 

Committee Opinion: Human Papillomavirus Vaccination
This Committee Opinion, issued by ACOG in June 2017, covers the role of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in the prevention of cervical cancer, anogenital cancers, and genital warts. It includes information about the bivalent, quadrivalent, and 9-valent HPV vaccines, as well as specific recommendations for pregnant and lactating women.

Practice Bulletin: Viral Hepatis in Pregnancy (members only)
This Practice Bulletin, issued by ACOG in 1998 (reaffirmed 2016), describes the specific subtypes of hepatitis, their implications for pregnancy, risk of perinatal transmission, and issues related to the treatment and prevention of infection.

Committee Opinion: Integrating Immunizations into Practice 
This Committee Opinion, issued by ACOG in April 2016, covers the role of obstetrician-gynecologists and other health care providers in vaccine administration and disease prevention. This guideline includes information about how obstetrician-gynecologists and other health care providers initiate and improve immunization programs in their practice. 

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 vaccines during pregnancy. Immunization for Women provides ob-gyns with a valuable resource for immunization best practices and patient education.

 


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. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions for Pregnant Women Concerning Tdap Vaccination (updated 2017)
This patient FAQ addresses important patient questions regarding the Tdap vaccine, including who should be vaccinated and when.

Frequently Asked Questions for Pregnant Women Concerning Vaccine Safety 
This patient FAQ addresses women’s potential concerns about vaccine safety during pregnancy, and assures women about the benefits of vaccines during pregnancy.


External Resources

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

CDC 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.

Pregnant Women & Influenza (Flu) 
This CDC page provides an overview of recommendations for pregnant women regarding the influenza vaccine.

Pregnancy and Whooping Cough  
This CDC page provides an overview of recommendations for pregnant women regarding the Tdap vaccine.

Use of 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine and 23-Valent Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine for Adults with Immunocompromising Conditions.
This MMWR reviews the recommendations for the PCV13 and PPSV23 vaccines. 

Prevention of Hepatitis A Through Active or Passive Immunization  
This MMWR reviews the recommendations for Hepatitis A vaccination, including during pregnancy.

Prevention of Hepatitis B Virus Infection in the United States 
This MMWR reviews the recommendations for the use of Hepatitis B vaccine, including during pregnancy.

Prevention of Measles, Rubella, Congenital Rubella Syndrome, and Mumps, 2013  
This MMWR reviews recommendations for the MMR vaccine, which is not recommended during pregnancy.

Updated Recommendations for Use of VariZIG — United States, 2013 
This MMWR reviews recommendations for the varicella vaccine, which is not recommended during pregnancy. 

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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