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Webinar: Maternal Immunization: Protecting Mother and Baby
August 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Maternal immunization is recommended to protect both mothers and young infants from vaccine-preventable diseases. The rationale for maternal immunization is built on the concept of passive protection; women mounting an IgG response after immunization with a vaccine have placental transport of protective antibodies that prevent infection during early infancy. Maternal immunization against influenza and pertussis is recommended for all pregnant women in the United States. Join C. Mary Healy, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics-Infectious Disease at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, as she discusses the rationale and evidence for these recommendations and strategies to improve vaccination rates in pregnant women.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Describe the rationale for maternal immunization
- Outline current maternal immunization recommendations for influenza and pertussis and discuss their impact on maternal and infant infection
- Discuss strategies to improve uptake of vaccines in pregnant women