Thursday, October 11, 2018
Flu vaccine reduces risk of flu hospitalization among pregnant women
Over the course of six flu seasons, getting a flu shot reduced a pregnant woman’s risk of being hospitalized from flu by an average of 40 percent.
The findings come from a multi-country, CDC-coauthored study published today in Clinical Infectious Diseases. This is the first study to show vaccination protected pregnant women against flu-associated hospitalization. Previous studies have shown that a flu shot can reduce a pregnant woman’s risk of flu illness.
CDC recommends pregnant women get a flu shot because they are at high risk of developing serious flu illness, including illness resulting in hospitalization.
“Expecting mothers face a number of threats to their health and the health of their baby during pregnancy, and getting the flu is one of them,” explains Allison Naleway, PhD, a study co-author from the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research. “This study’s findings underscore the fact that there is a simple, yet impactful way to reduce the possibility of complications from flu during pregnancy: get a flu shot.”…
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MMWR News Synopsis for October 11, 2018
Vaccination Coverage for Selected Vaccines and Exemption Rates Among Children in Kindergarten — United States, 2017–18 School Year
During the 2017-18 school year, the median kindergarten vaccination coverage rate was close to 95% for the following vaccines: MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella), DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis or whooping cough) and varicella (Chickenpox). Vaccination coverage among kindergartners remains high. Median vaccination coverage was 95.1% for the state required doses of DTaP, MMR, and chickenpox. State and local school vaccination requirements are put in place to make sure vaccination coverage rates are as high as possible while at the same time lowering the risk from vaccine preventable diseases. Federally funded immunization programs partner with departments of education and school nurses and other school personnel to assess vaccination coverage and exemption status of children enrolled in public and private kindergartens. Kindergarten vaccination requirements help ensure that students are fully vaccinated with age-appropriate vaccinations upon school entry.
Vaccination Coverage Among Children Aged 19–35 Months — United States, 2017
Overall vaccination coverage among children younger than 3 years in 2017 remained high and stable in the United States. Overall vaccination coverage among children 19-35 months remained high and stable in the U.S. in 2017. Vaccines in the study included poliovirus, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), hepatitis B, and varicella (chickenpox). Coverage was lower for most vaccines among uninsured children, those insured by Medicaid and for children living outside of a core city with a population of at least 50,000 people. Vaccination coverage could be increased with greater awareness and use of the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program to help reduce missed opportunities to give children the proper vaccines during visits to their health care providers.