by Eileen Ehudin Beard, CNM, FNP, MS, ACNM Senior
Practice Advisor and Tina Johnson, CNM, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health
Vaccines are frequently a hot
topic for providers. Midwives have always placed an emphasis on health care
prevention. As we continue to move forward as major stakeholders in the
provision of primary care for women and newborns, it is important to have
evidence-based resources available for our clients. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has just released a
new report on the adverse effects of
vaccines. This report is an excellent
resource for providers and consumers.
You may also want to check
out this article from the summer 2011 issue of Quickening, ACNM’s quarterly newsletter, entitled Vaccination: Helping
Clients Understand Myths vs. Facts.
Finally, as we approach flu season, please remember
it’s very important to talk to your clients about seasonal flu shots and how
important they are in protecting both pregnant women and their babies. Pregnant
women who contract influenza face serious risks, including severe illness,
premature delivery, and even death. Pregnant women should receive
inactivated vaccine (flu shot) but should NOT receive the live attenuated
vaccine (nasal spray).