Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
CAMBRIDGE, MA. — About half of all pregnant women and 72 percent of health care personnel are getting recommended flu vaccinations, according to two separate surveys from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted by Abt Associates on influenza vaccination coverage among pregnant women and health care workers during the 2012-2013 flu season.
Both groups need influenza vaccinations. Pregnant women are at a high risk of developing complications from flu, including severe illness and hospitalization. If a pregnant woman gets a flu vaccination, they will receive protection not only for themselves, but also their unborn and newborn babies, especially babies less than 6 months old who are too young to be vaccinated. Similarly, if health care personnel get a flu vaccination, they will receive protection and be able to help protect their patients and family members from the serious consequences of getting the flu.
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.