CDC/ACIP [to 30 September 2017]
Press Release September 29, 2017
CDC Is Deactivating the Emergency Operations Center for the Zika Response
CDC is deactivating its emergency response for Zika virus (Zika) to transition efforts to normal program operations on September 29, 2017. On January 22, 2016, CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to the devastating effects of Zika virus infection during pregnancy. A team of experts from across the agency, called the Zika Coordination and Operations Transition Team (ZCOTT), will lead the transition from EOC activation to routine, long-term activities and will ensure timely coordination and collaboration on scientific, communication, and policy activities..
Press Release September 28, 2017
New study shows Tdap vaccination during pregnancy can prevent whooping cough in babies
Less than half of pregnant women in the United States take advantage of vaccination
A new CDC study published today in Clinical Infectious Diseases reported that vaccination with whooping cough vaccine, Tdap, during the third trimester of pregnancy prevented more than three out of four (78 percent) cases of whooping cough (also known as pertussis) in babies younger than two months. However, only 49 percent of pregnant women who delivered between fall 2015 and spring 2016 received the vaccine. CDC recommends women get Tdap during each pregnancy to provide critical short-term protection to babies when they are most at risk for this life-threatening illness…
MMWR News Synopsis for September 28, 2017
:: Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Health Care Personnel – United States, 2016-17 Influenza Season
CDC and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) recommend that all U.S. health care workers get vaccinated annually against influenza. CDC recommends that all health care personnel (HCP) receive an annual flu vaccination to reduce flu-related morbidity and mortality among HCP and their patients. We analyzed data from an internet panel survey to measure what proportion of HCP received the flu vaccine during the 2016-17 flu season. Based on the data:
:: 79 percent of survey respondents reported receiving vaccination, which is similar coverage during the past three flu seasons.
:: Vaccination coverage continued to be higher among HCP working in hospitals (92 percent) and lower among HCP working in ambulatory (76 percent) and long-term care settings (68 percent).
:: As in previous seasons, coverage was highest among HCP who were required by their employer to be vaccinated (97 percent) and lowest among HCP working in settings where vaccination was not required, promoted, or offered onsite (46 percent).
:: Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Pregnant Women – United States, 2016-17 Influenza Season
CDC recommends that pregnant women get a flu shot during any trimester of their pregnancy to protect themselves and their newborn babies from flu. Pregnant women are at risk for severe flu-associated illness and, since 2004, CDC has recommended flu vaccination for all women who are or will be pregnant during the flu season. We analyzed data from an internet panel survey to measure what proportion of pregnant women received the flu vaccine during the 2016-17 flu season. Based on the data:
:: 54 percent of pregnant women reported being vaccinated before (16 percent) or during (37 percent) pregnancy, which is similar to coverage during the past four flu seasons.
:: 67 percent of women reported receiving a provider offer for influenza vaccination, 12 percent received a recommendation but no offer, and 21 percent received no recommendation; among these women, influenza vaccination coverage was 71 percent, 44 percent, and 15 percent, respectively.
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