The Effect of Influenza Vaccination on Birth Outcomes in a Cohort of Pregnant Women in Lao PDR, 2014–2015
Background: Some studies suggest that maternal influenza vaccination can improve birth outcomes. However, there are limited data from tropical settings, particularly Southeast Asia.We conducted an observational study in Laos to assess the effect of influenza vaccination in pregnant women on birth outcomes.
Factors associated with a successful expansion of influenza vaccination among pregnant women in Nicaragua
Background: Pregnant women are at risk of severe influenza disease and are a priority group for influenza vaccination programs. Nicaragua expanded recommendations to include influenza vaccination to all pregnant women in the municipality of Managua in 2013.
Introducing seasonal influenza vaccine in low-income countries: an adverse events following immunization survey in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, January 2015
Objective: In 2012, Lao PDR introduced seasonal influenza vaccine in pregnant women, persons aged ≥50 years, persons with chronic diseases, and healthcare personnel. We assessed adverse events following immunization (AEFI).
Following the 2012 PIVI donation to Laos, members of the PIVI team from CDC and the Laos Ministry of Health conducted a survey among 2,089 persons who received the influenza vaccine. The survey focused on identifying adverse events following immunization and gathering information regarding participants’ attitudes towards the vaccine. This paper describes the survey’s findings and provides insight into how the CDC team works with country partners to build capacity around influenza vaccination.
Influenza immunization of pregnant women in low and middle income countries: Lessons learned
Geneva, March 26, 2015
In March of 2015, WHO hosted a technical meeting on maternal influenza immunization. Dr. Alan Hinman was asked to present the PIVI experience with vaccinating pregnant women against seasonal influenza in low- and middle-income countries.