Infections in Pregnancy and the Role of Vaccines.

Journal Article (Review)

Pregnant women are at risk for infection and may have significant morbidity or mortality. Influenza, pertussis, zika, and cytomegalovirus produce mild or asymptomatic illness in the mother, but have profound implications for her fetus. Maternal immunization can prevent or mitigate infections in pregnant women and their infants. The Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices recommends 2 vaccines during pregnancy: inactivated influenza, and tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis during pregnancy. The benefits of MMR, varicella, and other vaccines are reviewed. Novel vaccine studies for use during pregnancy for prevention of illness are explored.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fortner, KB; Nieuwoudt, C; Reeder, CF; Swamy, GK

Published Date

  • June 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 369 - 388

PubMed ID

  • 29747736

Pubmed Central ID

  • 29747736

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-0474

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ogc.2018.01.006


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States