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Promoting influenza vaccination to pregnant women

15 June 2017

In March this year, Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy met with a range of experts to discuss the challenges in promoting influenza vaccination to pregnant women, and strategies to increase uptake.
 
A key outcome of the meeting was the development of three educational videos, one for health professionals and two for consumers. The videos highlight the risks associated with influenza during pregnancy and the benefit of receiving the influenza vaccination.
 
A particular focus of the health professional video is to call on all health care providers to ensure influenza vaccination is part of standard antenatal care.
 
Despite influenza vaccination being available free to pregnant women on the National Immunisation Program, vaccination rates remain low with only 1 in 3 pregnant women receiving the influenza vaccine.
 
Vaccination remains the best protection pregnant women and their newborn babies have against influenza.
 
The educational videos can be accessed via Youtube at the below links.
 
Health professionals: Pregnant women:  
For further information, visit the Immunise Australia website Pregnant Women page.
 



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