Prevention Guidelines

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and American Society for Microbiology (ASM) have worked together on group B Streptococcus (GBS) prevention for many years and new guidance represents both progress and continued collaboration between these groups. AAP recently released new guidance for management of infants with suspected or proven early-onset sepsisExternal. This step will be followed by updated perinatal GBS prevention and management guidance. ACOG will be the new home and lead of the maternal component of this guidance and AAP will be the new home and lead of the newborn component; ASM will work together with ACOG to update laboratory recommendations related to GBS screening.

CDC plans to retire its 2010 GBS guidelines when these new GBS guidelines are available. CDC, AAP, ACOG, ASM, AAFP, and ACNM remain committed to working together to protect newborns from GBS. CDC will continue to stay engaged actively in evaluating guidelines implementation along with impact and trends in disease burden, and also continue to build the evidence base relevant to maternal GBS vaccine. When new perinatal GBS disease prevention recommendations are available, CDC and partners will work together to make sure clinicians are aware of the updates and will provide guidance for implementation questions.