The annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) was held from May 14 to 17 in Washington, D.C., and attracted more than 3,000 participants from around the world, including clinicians, academicians, allied health professionals, and others interested in obstetrics and gynecology. The conference highlighted recent advances in the prevention, detection, and treatment of conditions impacting women, with presentations focusing on the advancement of health care services for women worldwide.

In one study, Emmie Strassberg, DO, of the Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., and colleagues aimed to identify barriers to vaccine acceptance.

“What we discovered was that patients tend to have a better attitude toward tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap) vaccination in pregnancy than influenza vaccination. We also discovered that giving a patient educational materials is a good predictor of vaccine acceptance for influenza vaccine, while just recommending the vaccine was a good predictor of Tdap vaccination acceptance,” Dr Strassberg said. “I think in further studies it would be good to see if this panned out in a larger patient population. For now, from this information, I know that if I’m recommending influenza vaccine to my patient, I may give them a pamphlet about the vaccine and pregnancy to help them make their decision. I will also discuss both vaccines as recommended by ACOG and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for all my patients in pregnancy.”

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Strassberg E, Power M, Stark L, et al.  Patient Attitudes Toward Influenza and Tdap Vaccination in Pregnancy [28F]. Obstet Gyn. 2016; doi: 10.1097/01.AOG.0000483883.29106.b0.