Latest News & Updates for Ob-Gyns
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!
August 28, 2014: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released updated Vaccination Coverage Among Children Aged 19-35 Months. Click here to read the full MMWR article.
August 28, 2014: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released HPV Vaccination Recommendations. Click here to read the full MMWR article.
August 22, 2014: The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases has released an animated video as part of their Family Vaccines Initiative, of which ACOG is a partner, about the benefit of vaccines for pregnant women and their families!
August 21, 2014: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a new study in the journal Pediatrics regarding the safety of commonly used vaccines in children.
August 13, 2014: Click here to view ACOG's newest immunization toolkit on HPV.
August 12, 2014: Join the California Department of Public Health for a free webinar on Wednesday, August 27, "Increasing Tdap Immunization Rates and Running an Efficient Immunization Practice: Tips from California Obs". Click here to register.
August 8, 2014: August is National Immunization Awareness Month! Join us in celebrating and recognizing the importance of immunizations at all stages of life.
August 5, 2014: Join the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and Suburban Hospital for a screening of the student-produced documentary film, Invisible Threat, on September 18, 2014.
August 4, 2014: A new study in Pediatrics indicates that children can be at serious risk for complications from influenza.
July 24, 2014: The CDC has released updated data regarding Human Papillomavirus Vaccination coverage among adolescents. Click here to read the MMWR article.
July 9, 2014: There is no connection between venous thromboembolism and HPV vaccination, a new article in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports.
June 18, 2014: Follow CDC IZ Learn, a twitter feed for health care providers with information about recommendations, training, and more!
June 5, 2014: The New England Journal of Medicine has published a review article entitled "Pregnancy and Infection", click here to read.
June 3, 2014: CDC Health Alert Network has published an advisory for clinicians regarding new World Health Organization (WHO) polio vaccination requirements to countries with active polio transmission.
May 30, 2014: CDC announced yesterday a record-breaking year in reported cases of measles in the United States. Click here to read the MMWR article that accompanied the announcement.
May 20, 2014: Visit the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) new online Family Vaccines Resource Center, www.family-vaccines.org.
May 16, 2014: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has extensive information about the respiratory illness, MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), click here for the latest news and updates.
May 5, 2014: The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has published a new study, "Safety and Immunogenicity of Tetanus Diphtheria and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Immunization During Pregnancy in Mothers and Infants."
May 2, 2014: Click here to read a study in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases comparing clinical characteristics of influenza A and B virus infection.
April 24, 2014: ACOG's Immunization Program has received the Adult Immunization Champion National Award from the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS). Please click here to read the full award text.
April 18, 2014: Laura Riley, MD, FACOG, became the first obstetrician-gynecologist voting member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, a committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As maternal immunizations become increasingly significant, ACIP recognizes the value of an ob-gyn voting member and accepted Dr. Riley's nomination for a term from July 2014-June 2018. Congratulations Dr. Riley!
April 8, 2014: It's National Public Health Week! NPHW recognizes the importance of public health initiatives to improve the health of each person and community, and is an initiative of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Click here for more information.
March 24, 2014: Click here to read the newest issue of the Immunization Action Coalition's Needle Tips newsletter.
March 18, 2014: The National Adult and Influenza Vaccine Summit (NAIIS) is soliciting candidates for its 2014 Immunization Excellence Awards Click here for more information, and to nominate an outstanding organization!
March 4, 2014: The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has drafted "Improving Vaccination Rates in Pregnant Women: Timely intervention-lasting benefits," in partnership with ACOG, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
February 21, 2014: ACOG's Committee on Adolescent Healthcare, with the assistance of the Immunization Expert Work Group, has released a revised Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Committee Opinion.
February 20, 2014: The CDC has released interim information about the 2013-2014 influenza season vaccine effectiveness, severe influenza-associated illness in California, and an update on influenza activity in the US.
February 14, 2014: A coalition of health care provider organizations, including ACOG and the CDC, have collaborated on a letter encouraging providers to provide a strong recommendation for the HPV vaccine to patients.
February 12, 2014: The CDC has published their Adult Immunization Schedules in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Click here to read.
February 11, 2014: Click here to read a letter written by two ACOG Immunization Expert Work Group members, "Ethical Issues with Vaccination for the Obstetrician-Gynecologist," appearing in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.
February 6, 2014: CDC's MMWR has published "Noninfluenza Vaccination Coverage Among Adults--United States, 2012" covering pneumococcal, tetanus and Tdap, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, herpes zoster (shingles), and Human papillomavirus (HPV). There was limited improvement in vaccination coverage among adults from 2011 to 2012, however, modest increases occurred with Tdap, herpes zoster, and HPV vaccinations.
February 4, 2014: ACOG has joined with other professional societies and CDC in signing a dear colleagues letter regarding the importance of the influenza vaccination for pregnant women.
January 31, 2014: The National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) is looking for local health department staff who are knowledgeable about working with children with special healthcare needs, pregnant women, and/or adults with disabilities and immunizations to participate in a key informant interview on current methods of vaccine promotion. Interested? Click here to fill out a questionnaire about yourself and NACCHO staff will contact you if selected.
January 30, 2014: The CDC publishes an occasional series, Grand Rounds, in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The topic this week is "Reducing the Burden of HPV-Associated Cancer and Disease".
January 27, 2014: The Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition has a guest blog post from March of Dimes medical advisor Dr. Siobhan Dolan, Flu & Pregnancy Don't Mix.
January 22, 2014: Ob-Gyn News has published an immunization quiz--click here to test your knowledge on the most up to date immunization recommendations! Also, read "An Immunization Update" by Howard L. Minkoff, MD, appearing in the same publication.
January 9, 2014: January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month. Click here to read an article by Rebecca B. Perkins, MD, MSc, entitled "You are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention," which appeared in the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Newsletter, The Forum, Winter 2014.
January 8, 2014: The CDC has released information about the human infection with Avian Influenza A (H5N1) virus in Canada. Click here for their statement and information.
January 6, 2014: January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month. Vaccines are available to prevent HPV infection, which can lead to cervical cancer. Click here for more information from the CDC. Click here to visit ACOG's HPV information section.
January 6, 2014: The CDC has released an alert for clinicians via the Health Alert Network (HAN) regarding early reports of PH1N1-associated illness for the 2013-14 influenza season. Click here to read the full text of the alert.
December 16, 2013: The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition has posted a blog post about pregnancy and the flu shot. Click here to read.
December 12, 2013: The CDC has released new data about influenza vaccine uptake for the 2013-2014 season. By early November, 41 % of pregnant women reported being vaccinated, which is similar compared to last year. If you haven't received your flu shot yet, click here to find a vaccination location near you. Click here for additional information about this flu season.
December 12, 2013: Have you read the new ACOG President's Blog? "Vaccine Safety Facts: Overcoming the Hype"
December 9, 2013: It's National Influenza Vaccination Week! Have you gotten your flu vaccine?
November 14, 2013: The 2013 Text4baby State Enrollment Contest winners have been announced. They are North Carolina, Arkansas, and South Dakota. The contest was established in 2011 and grew out of the enthusiasm of text4baby partners to promote text4baby as a valuable health resource for women and families.
November 1, 2013: CDC's Flu View reports influenza activity remains low in the United States.
October 29, 2013: Pediatrics has published a new research article discussing the epidemiology of influenza-associated pediatric deaths in the United States between 2004-2012. Click here to read. The authors emphasize the importance of recommendations that all children receive an annual influenza vaccination.
October 4, 2013: ACOG Fellow Laura Riley, MD, receives her flu shot at the NFID Influenza/Pneumococcal News Conference. During the event Dr. Riley encouraged pregnant women to get the flu shot early in the season to prevent possibly severe influenza complications. Click here to view the press conference.
October 3, 2013: The Federal Government shutdown has impacted the influenza vaccine lot release, however, the releases will continue but may take longer than normal, due to a shortage of FDA reviewers. For more information about the shutdown, click here for an update from ACOG's Government Relations department. Click here for government agency contingency plans.
September 27, 2013: ACOG had released an updated Tdap Toolkit for providers and patients. This toolkit includes material from Every Child By Two, and emphasizes the joint efforts of ECBT and ACOG to increase Tdap immunization rates among pregnant women. Click here to view.
September 26, 2013: The CDC has released influenza vaccination coverage information for the 2012-2013 flu season. The data indicates that 51% of pregnant women received the flu shot. The provider recommendation and offer of the flu vaccine is shown to be a key factor in increasing vaccination rates among patients. Click here for the full article. Click here for health care personnel vaccination rates. Rates of health care personnel coverage have increased, however, lag behind in long term care facilities.
September 19, 2013: Click here to read a blog post by ACOG President, Jeanne A. Conry, MD, PhD, about the importance of discussing immunizations with pregnant patients.
September 18, 2013: NIH has begun two Phase II clinical trials to test an investigational H7N9 avian influenza vaccine among healthy adults. Click here to read more.
September 12, 2013: The CDC's most recent MMWR highlights influenza vaccination practices of physicians and caregivers of children with neurologic and neurodevelopmental conditions, as well as measles outbreaks in the United States since January 2013.
September 12, 2013: The Immunization Action Coalition has released Vaccinate Adults, their monthly immunization newsletter. Click here to read.
September 9, 2013: Texas is currently experiencing a high rate of pertussis outbreaks. Click here to read a letter from Health Commissioner David L. Lackey regarding diagnosis and treatment of pertussis.
August 29, 2013: The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has just released their newest issue of Needle Tips, an online publication for health professionals, online. This issue covers topics such as the "Give birth to the end of Hep B" campaign, and an "Ask the Experts" column.
August 25, 2013: August is National Immunization Awareness Month! Each week in August highlights a specific population to emphasize their unique immunization needs. This final theme week is "A Healthy Start" for pregnant women and babies. ACOG has resources for pregnant women and the physicians who care for them. Click here to view our immunization tool kits.
August 19, 2013: The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases is hosting the 2nd Annual Flu Season Awareness Night at the Washington Nationals game in Washington, DC vs. the Atlanta Braves on Monday, September 16, 2013. Tickets can be purchased by going to www.nationals.com/flu.
August 18, 2013: August is National Immunization Awareness Month! Each week in August highlights a specific population to emphasize their unique immunization needs. This week the theme is "Not Just for Kids" for adults. Talk to your adult patients today about the importance of vaccinations--they're not just for kids! Click here to view our adult immunizations page.
August 12, 2013: August is National Immunization Awareness Month! Each week in August highlights a specific population to emphasize their unique immunization needs. This week the theme is "Back to School" for children, pre-teens, and teens. What a great time to talk to your patients (and their parents) about the HPV vaccination, and more!
August 8, 2013: NIH vaccine researchers have published the results of an investigational malaria vaccine early-stage clinical trial and have found that the vaccine is safe and protective.
August 8, 2013: Click here to view a CDC presentation on the ACIP recommended vaccines for the 2013-2014 influenza season. A convenient egg-allergy flow chart is included.
August 4, 2013: August is National Immunization Awareness Month! Each week in August will highlight a specific population to emphasize their unique immunization needs. Kicking off the month is "Off to College". Click here for information regarding what your child may need as they head to school this fall.
July 30, 2013: CDC has released two new influenza vaccine VISs for use during the 2013-2014 influenza season. Click here to view the VIS for inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) and click here to view the VIS for live attenuated intranasal influenza vaccine (LAIV).
July 25, 2013: Recently released data from the CDC indicates vaccination rates in girls aged 13-16 failed to increase between 2011 and 2012. Click here to read more.
July 17, 2013: UPDATED RESOURCES: Tdap FAQs for Patients have been revised to reflect the new Tdap vaccination guidelines in ACOG's revised committee opinion. In addition, the physician script (with coding information) has been updated.
July 16, 2013: The Immunization Action Coalition has launched their newest initiative, Give Birth to the end of Hep B. New resources and a hospital Honor Roll are available on their website. ACOG has endorsed their new book, Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns, which is available electronically on their website.
July 11, 2013: The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has released an original article, "U.S.. Hospitalizations for Pneumonia after a Decade of Pneumococcal Vaccination," which indicates that vaccinating children against pneumococcal pneumonia cut hospitalizations over the past decade in almost all age groups.
June 24, 2013: CDC Reports that Flu Vaccine Protects Millions Annually
June 24, 2013: HPV Vaccine Lowering Infection Rates Among Girls: CDC
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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