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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17(6), 894;

Dismantling the Taboo against Vaccines in Pregnancy

Department of Health Sciences, University of Florence, Anna Meyer Children’s University Hospital, viale Gaetano Pieraccini 24, Florence 50139, Italy
Academic Editor: Susanna Esposito
Received: 3 February 2016 / Revised: 11 May 2016 / Accepted: 27 May 2016 / Published: 7 June 2016
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Vaccinating pregnant women in order to protect them, the fetus, and the child has become universal in no way at all. Prejudice in health professionals add to fears of women and their families. Both these feelings are not supported by even the smallest scientific data. Harmlessness for the mother and the child has been observed for seasonal, pandemic, or quadrivalent influenza, mono, combined polysaccharide or conjugated meningococcal or pneumococcal, tetanus toxoid, acellular pertussis, human papillomavirus, cholera, hepatitis A, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, anthrax, smallpox, yellow fever, mumps, measles and rubella combined, typhoid fever, inactivated or attenuated polio vaccines, and Bacillus Calmétte Guerin vaccines. Instead, the beneficial effects of influenza vaccine for the mother and the child as well as of pertussis vaccine for the child have been demonstrated. Obstetrician-gynecologists, general practitioners, and midwives must incorporate vaccination into their standard clinical care. Strong communication strategies effective at reducing parental vaccine hesitancy and approval of regulatory agencies for use of vaccines during pregnancy are needed. It must be clear that the lack of pre-licensure studies in pregnant women and, consequently, the lack of a statement about the use of the vaccine in pregnant women does not preclude its use in pregnancy. View Full-Text
Keywords: vaccine; immunization; pregnancy; pertussis; influenza; tetanus vaccine; immunization; pregnancy; pertussis; influenza; tetanus

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