Provider Resource: The Vaccines and Medications in Pregnancy Surveillance System (VAMPSS) is a collaboration between the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology (AAAAI) and the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists Research Center (OTIS). VAMPSS is a new post-marketing surveillance system to monitor the use and safety of vaccines and medications during pregnancy. Additionally, OTIS conducts pregnancy studies independently. Click here for more information.
From ACOG's Research Department:
Glass NE, Schulkin J, CHamany S, Riley LE, Schuchat A, Schrag S. Opportunities to reduce overuse of antibiotics for perinatal group B streptococcal disease prevention and managemetn of preterm premature rupture of membranes. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol. 2005 Mar;13(1):5-10.
Kissin DM, Power ML, Kahn EB, Williams JL, Jamieson DJ, MacFarlane K, SchulkinJ, Zhang Y, Callaghan WM. Attitudes and practices of obstetrician-gynecologists regarding influenza vaccination in pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Nov;118(5):1074-80.
Leddy MA, Anderson BL, Power ML, Gall S, GonikB, Schulkin J. Changes in and current status of obstetrician-gynecologists' knowledge, attitudes, and practice regarding immunization. Obstet Gynecol Surv. 2009 Dec;64(12):823-9.
Leddy MA, Gonik B, Schulkin J. Obstetrician-gynecologists and perinatal infections: a review of studies of the Collaborative Ambulatory Research Network (2005-2009). Infect Dis Obste tGynecol. 2010;2010:583950. Epub 2010 Nov 11.
Power ML, Leddy MA, Anderson BL, Gall SA, Gonik B, Schulkin J. Obstetrician-gynecologists' practices and perceived knowledge regarding immunization. Am J PrevMed. 2009 Sep;37(3):231-4. Epub2009 Jul 10.
Schrag SJ, Fiore AE, Gonik B, Malik T, Reef S, Singleton JA, Schuchat A, Schulkin J. Vaccination and perinatal infection prevention practices among obstetrician-gynecologists. Obstet Gynecol. 2003 Apr;101(4):704-10.
Additional ACOG Research:
NEW! The journal Pediatrics has published a new research article discussing the epidemiology of influenza-associated deaths in children. Click here to read. The article emphasizes the importance of the annual influenza recommendation for all children greater than six months of age.
The Trust for America's Health has released a report, "Past Low Flu Vaccination Rates and Gaps in Flu Policies Contribute to Vaccine Shortages and Other Problems in Preparedness: Fewer than Half of Americans Vaccinated for Flu Last Season."
Published as a supplement for the June 2011 issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology: Emerging Issues in the Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Influenza among Pregnant Women in the US .
A study by Eick and colleagues published on-line on October 4th, 2010 (to appear in print in February 2011) in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found that when women were vaccinated in the second or third trimester of pregnancy, their babies were significantly less likely to get the flu, and the babies' blood showed evidence of antibodies to the flu. This study adds to the literature that vaccination in pregnancy is a “two for” because of the protection that it affords to infants younger than 6 months old who are vulnerable to influenza but not eligible for immunization. Click here for the study and a commentary.
Report shows vaccination rates approaching 50% of pregnant women for seasonal influenza and H1N1. Seasonal Influenza and 2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Pregnant Women—10 States, 2009-10 Influenza Season.
Article about Guillain—Barre Syndrome
Article about influenza vaccine rates in pregnant women
Last Updated: 10/31/2013