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Vaccination during pregnancy to protect infants against influenza: why and why not?

Published inVaccine, vol. 29, no. 43, p. 7542-7550
Publication date2011
Abstract

Influenza is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality for pregnant women and infants worldwide. Influenza vaccination during pregnancy has been shown to be safe and highly effective and should be recommended for all pregnant women before the influenza season. Despite existing recommendations, the vaccine is underused in most countries. Obstacles to immunization include insufficient awareness of the disease burden and of the importance and safety of immunization, fear of liability and the wish to minimize interventions during pregnancy. Therefore, educational interventions for the public and health care workers are necessary to increase protection of pregnant women and young infants from influenza related complications.

Keywords
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Influenza A Virus, H1N1 Subtype
  • Influenza Vaccines/administration & dosage/adverse effects
  • Influenza, Human/immunology/mortality/prevention & control
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious/immunology/prevention & control
  • Risk
  • Vaccination
Citation (ISO format)
BLANCHARD ROHNER, Géraldine, SIEGRIST, Claire-Anne. Vaccination during pregnancy to protect infants against influenza: why and why not? In: Vaccine, 2011, vol. 29, n° 43, p. 7542–7550. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2011.08.013
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ISSN of the journal0264-410X
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