May 23, 2016
Findings published in Pediatrics showed that only 10% of pregnant women surveyed over 9 years had received the influenza vaccine. In addition, newborns were found to have a reduced risk for influenza when their mothers were vaccinated.
“Only 10% of women in this cohort spanning 9 influenza seasons reported influenza immunization,” Julia H. Shakib, DO, MPH, in the department of pediatrics at the University of Utah, and colleagues wrote. “But the proportion of pregnant women reporting influenza immunization increased significantly after the H1N1 pandemic, with a more pronounced recent increase, reaching a high of 52% in the 2013 to 2014 influenza season.