Examining the evidence on vaccine safety
We are part of the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD), a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and several large health care systems, including HealthPartners.
Since 2014, our Institute VSD team has led several large observational studies. Findings from this research have been presented at national conferences and to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). ACIP is a group of medical and public health experts that develop recommendations on use of vaccines for people in the United States.
Our team is currently leading a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study of the safety of influenza vaccine in children with asthma. We are also leading internally funded studies on effectiveness of pertussis vaccine in pregnant women and on disparities in vaccine coverage.
Safety of influenza and pertussis vaccines when given during pregnancy
The influenza and pertussis vaccines are recommended for all women during pregnancy. As part of the VSD, we led a series of studies to assess the safety of this practice. We examined mother and infant outcomes after vaccination in pregnancy. Overall, our research supports the safety of current vaccine recommendations to give pregnant women influenza and pertussis vaccines.