The Importance of Maternal Immunization

Originally presented on July 21, 2016

Rhoda Sperling, MD
Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science and Infectious Disease Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center

Elizabeth Rausch-Phung, MD, MPH
Director, Bureau of Immunization, New York State Department of Health


Increasing the availability, accessibility and use of evidence-based interventions to increase Influenza and Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) immunization rates for pregnant women is a key goal of the New York State Prevention Agenda. Implementation of immunization programs as part of routine obstetrical care supports best practice and national standards for prenatal care. Despite scientific evidence supporting influenza and Tdap vaccination and recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), immunization rates for pregnant women remain low. Maternal immunization protects infants from serious illness until they are old enough to be immunized and pregnant women from significant complications related to these vaccine-preventable diseases. These benefits underscore the need for OB/GYN practices to identify and reduce barriers so they may implement an effective prenatal immunization program.

This webcast will review current recommendations and best practices for maternal immunization, the benefits of immunization against influenza and Tdap, as well as recommendations for putting successful prenatal immunization programs into practice. 

Learning Objectives
After watching this webcast participants will be able to:

  • Identify maternal vaccination recommendations;
  • Name at least three benefits of maternal immunization; and
  • Recognize evidence-based maternal immunization best practices.

To Obtain Continuing Education Credits:
Each participant interested in CE credits must complete an evaluation and post-test, which is available above under "Evaluation, Post-test & Credits". A score of 80% and above on the post-test will generate a certificate indicating the requested credits.

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

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The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until July 31, 2019.

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Nursing Contact Hours are offered until July 31, 2019.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

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Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until July 31, 2019.