Vaccination in Pregnancy—Recent Developments

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As early as the 19th century vaccination in pregnancy has been observed to protect both mothers and infants against smallpox, pertussis and tetanus. More recently the pace and focus of maternal vaccination has accelerated, most significantly since the influenza pandemic of 2009. Vaccination in pregnancy boosts the concentration of vaccine-specific antibody in the mother to increase antibody concentration in the infant at birth, providing protection until the period of maximum susceptibility or risk has passed or until the infant has completed the routine infant immunizations.

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