Immunisation and pregnancy - who, what, when and why?
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Only two vaccines are routinely recommended during pregnancy - influenza vaccine is recommended throughout, and pertussis vaccine is recommended at 28-32 weeks but can be given later. Some other vaccines can be administered in special circumstances but are not routinely recommended. All live attenuated vaccines are contraindicated in pregnancy, although there has been no evidence of adverse effects from inadvertent administration. Recommending vaccination to pregnant women is important as evidence shows they are more likely to get vaccinated if their healthcare provider advises it. It is important for healthcare providers to discuss the benefits and the safety of vaccination during pregnancy. In particular, pointing out the benefits for the baby is important in helping women decide.
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Regan, Annette (2016)Maternal vaccination offers the opportunity to protect pregnant women and their infants against potentially serious disease. As both pregnant women and their newborns are vulnerable to severe illness, the potential public ...
Antenatal care provider's advice is the key determinant of influenza vaccination uptake in pregnant womenMak, D.; Regan, Annette; Joyce, S.; Gibbs, R.; Effler, P. (2015)Background: Although influenza vaccination is an important component of antenatal care and is recommended and funded by the Australian government, vaccination uptake has been low. Aims: This study compared seasonal influenza ...
Regan, Annette; Hauck, Yvonne; Nicolaou, L.; Engelbrecht, D.; Butt, J.; Mak, D.; Priest, R.; Cukierman, R.; Effler, P. (2018)Objective: To determine the knowledge, attitudes and learning needs of midwives regarding antenatal vaccination. Design and setting: A cross-sectional, paper-based survey of midwives employed at the only public tertiary ...