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Prepare for Flu Season

September 27, 2017: SMFM President, Dr. Alfred Abuhamad, joins with the CDC and other health care leaders to encourage pregnant women, or those who might be pregnant during the upcoming flu season, should get a flu vaccine.

SMFM Issues a Statement in Response to Recent News Regarding the Influenza Vaccine and Pregnancy

September 19, 2017 - The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) continues to recommend that all women who are pregnant or who might be pregnant during the upcoming flu season get an influenza vaccine.

Influenza vaccines given during pregnancy have been shown to protect both the mother and her baby from flu during the pregnancy and for several months after birth. The risks posed by active influenza infection in a pregnancy are significant to both the mother and offspring. SMFM agreed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations that every pregnant should woman receive a flu shot in any trimester.  This recommendation is supported by multiple large published studies demonstrating that flu vaccine is safe and beneficial during pregnancy.

A recent study using data from 2010-2012 found that women in very early pregnancy who received two consecutive annual influenza vaccines had an increased risk of miscarriage in the 28 days after receiving the second vaccine. The median gestational age at the time of miscarriage was seven weeks. Earlier well-designed studies have not found a link between flu vaccination and miscarriage.

Further research is needed to address the concerns raised in this study. SMFM agrees with the study’s authors that there are insufficient data to change the current recommendation and therefore continues to recommend that pregnant women get a flu vaccine any time during pregnancy.

February 1, 2017: SMFM and ACOG Provide Information to Aid Practitioners in Assessing and Treating Influenza-Like Illness During Pregnancy

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