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PHR Article of the Week: The National Vaccine Advisory Committee: Reducing Patient and Provider Barriers to Maternal Immunizations

In the latest issue of Public Health Reports, January/February 2015, The National Vaccine Committee (NVAC)  identifies five major areas of opportunity to strengthen maternal immunization programs and increase uptake of recommended vaccines among pregnant women.


Maternal immunization provides important health benefits for pregnant women and their infants, and obstetrical care providers are now recommended to vaccinate all pregnant women against influenza and pertussis during each pregnancy. However, immunization coverage among pregnant women for influenza and pertussis-containing vaccines is suboptimal, leaving numerous pregnant women and their infants at risk for complications from vaccine-preventable diseases. Therefore, it is critical to understand the social, programmatic, and logistical barriers that both prevent pregnant women from receiving recommended vaccinations and prevent obstetrical care providers from recommending and administering vaccines within their practices.

This week’s PHR feature article, Reducing Patient and Provider Barriers to Maternal Immunizations will be open access through February 13.

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