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Editorial
June 8, 2021

Realizing the Potential of Maternal Influenza Vaccination

Author Affiliations
  • 1Influenza Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Rockville, Maryland
JAMA. 2021;325(22):2257-2259. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.7776

Influenza viruses cause substantial morbidity and mortality in pregnant women and neonates worldwide annually, with higher incidence during pandemics.1,2 To reduce disease incidence in these vulnerable populations, the World Health Organization recommended in 2012 that countries prioritize pregnant women for influenza vaccination.2 Over 2 decades, compelling evidence has accumulated about the complex interplay among risks of influenza virus infection to the mother, the fetus, and the offspring, vs the benefits and safety of vaccination.1-4

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