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Through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ACOG created the following graphic and accompanying text to assist ob-gyns and other women’s health care providers in communicating the importance of maternal immunization with pregnant women outside of the office setting. This free graphic will allow you to share accessible, evidence-based information on prenatal influenza vaccination with your patients all on the trusted web platforms associated with your practice.

Download this graphic and post on your practice website, patient portal, or practice Facebook or Twitter page to ensure patients have access to accurate information on maternal immunization when they leave your office. Additionally, the detailed text below is available for you to copy and paste to include alongside the graphic on your website or patient portal, or as the body of a social media post that features the graphic.

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Graphic: Pregnant? Top 3 Reasons Why You Need the Flu Vaccine

Protect Your Baby and Yourself: Get the Flu Vaccine During Pregnancy

The flu may sound like no big deal, but it’s especially dangerous for pregnant women and newborns. If you’re pregnant and have the flu, you may have serious health complications and need treatment at a hospital. You also may have complications with your pregnancy, such as preterm labor, premature birth, and birth defects. Babies with the flu can develop pneumonia, dehydration, and brain problems. The flu can lead to death in both pregnant women and babies. The good news: The flu vaccine is a safe way to help keep you and your baby healthy.  When you get the flu vaccine during pregnancy, it helps protect your newborn until his or her first flu vaccine at age six months. The vaccine also is effective at preventing serious flu illness in pregnant women. The flu vaccine is safe for you and your fetus when given at any time during pregnancy. All pregnant women should get the flu vaccine. 

References

  1. Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy. Committee Opinion No. 732. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. April 2018.
  2. Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness in Preventing Influenza-Associated Hospitalizations during Pregnancy: A Multi-Country Retrospective Test Negative Design Stud , 2010-2016. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2018.
  3. Influenza Vaccination of Pregnant Women and Protection of Their Infants. The New England Journal of Medicine. 2014.

This resource was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number, 6 NU38OT000287-01-02, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.