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Updated Vaccine Guidelines for Female Infertility Patients: ASRM

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)  has issued new recommendations regarding vaccinations for women of reproductive ages to handle female infertility, updating previous guidelines issued in 2008.

The new guidelines offer the gynecologist a reminder that they can hang on their wall, according to, Dr. Samantha Pfeifer, MD, who led the study and is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

If possible, patients should receive vaccinations before conception, the guidelines say. However, most recommended adult vaccines can be administered even during pregnancy, the guidelines say.


Influenza during pregnancy can increase the risk of miscarriage, and the high, sustained fever some women experience with the flu increase the risk of the birth defect spina bifida.

The committee issued the following recommendations:

In summary, the authors recommend that physicians be aware of women’s immunization status before pregnancy and update her vaccine status as appropriate.


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