Maternal Immunization as a Strategy to Decrease Susceptibility to Infection in Newborn Infants

Benjamin Lindsey; Beate Kampmann; Christine Jones


Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2013;26(3):248-253. 

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Maternal vaccination can protect the young infant against vaccine-preventable diseases in the first months of life. This strategy has been widely implemented in many countries of the world with maternal tetanus vaccination, and more recently influenza vaccines have also been recommended. In 2012 maternal Tdap vaccine has been universally recommended in the United Kingdom and United States to protect infants against pertussis. Vaccines against GBS provide a particularly exciting future prospect. However, the gap between recommendation and implementation will have to be successfully bridged if maternal vaccination is to reach its full impact and prevent neonatal deaths.