A set of interventions aimed at increasing provider knowledge of routine newborn immunizations and addressing parental vaccine hesitancy improved vaccination rates in one NICU from 56% to 93%, according to a quality improvement study published in Pediatrics.
Raymond C. Stetson, MD, a fellow in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the Mayo Clinic, and colleagues noted that premature infants should be immunized using the same schedules for routine vaccinations that are used for normal birth weight term infants. This is supported by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the AAP, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
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