In 2010, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided substantial updates to its seasonal influenza vaccination recommendations.1
Routine influenza vaccination is now recommended for all individuals 6 months or older. Because routine vaccination in infants younger than 6 months is not recommended, how can these vulnerable young children be protected? The answer, as it turns out, is simple and does more than protect the infant: maternal vaccination during pregnancy. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) supports CDC's recommendation for the routine vaccination of pregnant women against influenza.2
Administration of the influenza vaccine during pregnancy has been shown to protect both the mother and infant from influenza.