Meeting Archive:
Maternal Immunization: Protecting Mother and Baby


Meeting Description:
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
This webinar is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc. NFID policies restrict funders from controlling program content.
Date: Thu, Aug 10, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
 Presenter Information
Moderator: William Schaffner, MD
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Medical Director, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Professor of Preventive Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, TN

C. Mary Healy, MD
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Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Infectious Diseases Section
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Continuing Medical Education (CME)
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NFID is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. NFID designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91). It has been approved for a maximum of 1.0 contact hour(s).