Latest News & Updates for Ob-Gyns
December 9, 2014 The Society of Maternal and Fetal Medicine (SMFM) released Ebola and Pregnancy: General Pregnancy Guidance
December 8, 2014 "How to Counsel Patients about Immunizations" by John Jennings, MD, ACOG President
December 5, 2014 During January 1–November 26, 2014, a total of 9,935 cases of pertussis with onset in 2014 were reported to California Department of Public Health, visit our Pertussis page to read more
December 3, 2014 CDC Health Advisory Regarding the Potential for Circulation of Drifted Influenza A (H3N2) Viruses
November 11, 2014 New study finds Tdap vaccine during pregnancy not associated with increased risk of preterm delivery or small birth size. Visit our pertussis page to learn more.
October 29, 2014 FDA announced that it has approved the first vaccine to prevent serogroup B Meningococcal disease. Additional information can be found on the manufacturer’s press release.
October 29, 2014 The FDA approved Flublok influenza vaccine for all adults 18 years of age and older. This expands upon Flublok’s previous indication for ages 18 – 49 years. Flublok is the only licensed flu vaccine that is made using modern recombinant technology and the only flu vaccine that is 100% egg-free and highly purified. It also contains three times more active ingredients than traditional flu vaccines. See the manufacturer’s press release for more details.
October 9, 2014 2009 H1N1 Influenza and Pregnancy- 5 years later, by Sonja A. Rasmussen, M.D., and Denise J. Jamieson, M.D., M.P.H., a review of the importance of flu vaccine in pregnancy has been published by the New England Journal of Medicine.
October 9, 2014 Join ACOG for a webinar on Influenza Immunization and the Ob-Gyn's key role in prevention Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 from 12pm-1pm ET. The webinar is FREE and open to all who are interested. CME credit will also be offered. Click here to register!
October 9, 2014 ACOG signed on to a letter to providers encouraging influenza and Tdap vaccination in pregnant women. Click here to read the letter.
Updated October 2, 2014 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response.
October 3,2014 The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published a summary of influenza activity in the United States and worldwide from May 18 – September 20, 2014. Overall, the United Stated experienced low levels of influenza activity. Of the 66,006 specimens respiratory specimens tested for influenza, 3,209 (4.9%) were positive. Click here for the full MMWR
September 24, 2014 ACOG Current Commentary: What Obsetritician- Gynecologists Should Know About Ebola, A perspective from the Centers for Desiease Control and Prevention.
September 19, 2014 CDC released new pneumococcal vaccination recommendations. Adults 65 years of age or older are now recommended to get the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13, Prevnar-13®) followed by the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23, Pneumovax®23) 6-12 months later. Click here for the full MMWR
September 18, 2014: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new information regarding Influenza vaccine coverage among pregnant women during the 2013-14 flu season. Coverage among pregnant women during the 2013-2014 flu season was 52.2%, similar to coverage in 2012-13 (50.5%) but higher than the estimate for the 2011-12 season (46.4%). While stable, it means that nearly half of all pregnant women and their babies were not protected from the flu. However, this is a dramatic increase in vaccination coverage among pregnant women from the 15% vaccination rate prior to the H1N1 pandemic in 2009! Click here for full MMWR article.
September 18, 2014: The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases held its annual Influenza/ Pneumococcal News Conference today. Fact: Among all people ≥6 months, flu vaccination coverage during the 2013–14 flu season was 46.2%, which was 1.2 percentage points higher than the 2012- 2013 season (45.0%)
September 3, 2014: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new infographic highlighting key findings from the 2013 National Immunization Survey (NIS) Children (19-35 months). Click here to view the infographic!
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NEW! On September 18, 2014, Text4baby will launch its new Influenza Module for the 2014-2015 flu season. That day, subscribers to the mobile information service will receive a text message encouraging mothers to get a flu vaccine. They will also be directed to the updated module, through which mothers can set up customized reminders. The previous season’s module prompted over 3,000 flu vaccines, and organizers expect a great outcome again this season. This year, the service will again offer free flu shots to participating mothers in select states through February 28, 2015. Moms enrolled in Text4baby will receive a text question asking if they want a free flu shot. After replying “yes,” they will be sent a one-time, non-transferrable code to redeem the free vaccine. Educational and reminder messages will be sent out periodically to encourage current and new Text4baby participants to take advantage of the offer. For more information on Text4Baby's Influenza Module please visit their web page by clicking here.
Last Updated: 2/7/2014