Influenza in Pregnancy: The Case for Prevention

  • Shelly McNeil
  • Beth Halperin
  • Noni MacDonald
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 634)


Influenza viruses are the most common cause of serious respiratory morbidity throughout the world with annual attack rates of 10–40% during each 5–6-week winter outbreak in temperate climates. In tropical climes, the outbreaks have a less distinct and more variable seasonal pattern but the attack rates are similar. Certain populations are well recognized to be at higher risk for serious disease with influenza (Table 1) either due to age (<2 years or >65 years) or to underlying medical conditions or pregnancy (CDC, 2007a; NACI, 2007). Influenza immunization is recommended for all these high-risk groups in North America (CDC, 2007a; NACI, 2007).
Table 1

People at high risk of influenza-related complications (CDC, 2007; NACI, 2007)

Adults and children with chronic health conditions requiring medical follow-up or hospital care:

 • Cardiac or pulmonary disorders (including asthma, cystic fibrosis,   and bronchopulmonary dysplasia)

 • Diabetes mellitus and other metabolic...


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  • Shelly McNeil
    • 1
  • Beth Halperin
  • Noni MacDonald
  1. 1.Canadian Centre for Vaccinology, Dalhousie University, IWK Health CentreHalifaxCanada

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