Objective: The study was conducted to explore the knowledge of pregnant women about influenza, influenza vaccine during pregnancy and the attitudes regarding immunization. Methods: A questionnaire based on the model proposed by Yudin in 2009 was translated, adapted and administered to 309 pregnant women in the third trimester of pregnancy between October 1 and December 1, 2013 at San Giovanni Calibita Fatebenefratelli hospital of Rome (Italy). Results: Most of the interviewed women (68.9%) answered that influenza is highly contagious, 34.6% of them believed that pregnant women have the same risk of complications as non-pregnant women. Only 5.8% were aware that the vaccine is recommended for women in the second and third trimester of pregnancy and only 14.2% of women answered that the vaccine is safe during pregnancy. Only 3/309 women reported recommendation and offer of vaccination during current pregnancy, but none of them was vaccinated. Conclusions: Overall, knowledge regarding influenza, implications during pregnancy and influenza vaccine was poor among pregnant women. In Italy, the National Vaccine Prevention Plan 2012–2014 recommends influenza vaccine during pregnancy, but only 18/309 were aware of this recommendation. These results suggest that in order to increase influenza vaccine acceptance it is necessary to improve pregnant women knowledge about influenza and to offer education to healthcare providers.

Maurici, M., Dugo, V., Zaratti, L., Paulon, L., Pellegrini, M., Baiocco, E., et al. (2016). Knowledge and attitude of pregnant women toward flu vaccination: a cross-sectional survey. THE JOURNAL OF MATERNAL-FETAL & NEONATAL MEDICINE, 29(19), 3147-3150 [10.3109/14767058.2015.1118033].

Knowledge and attitude of pregnant women toward flu vaccination: a cross-sectional survey

MAURICI, MASSIMO;RIZZO, GIUSEPPE;FRANCO, ELISABETTA
2016

Abstract

Objective: The study was conducted to explore the knowledge of pregnant women about influenza, influenza vaccine during pregnancy and the attitudes regarding immunization. Methods: A questionnaire based on the model proposed by Yudin in 2009 was translated, adapted and administered to 309 pregnant women in the third trimester of pregnancy between October 1 and December 1, 2013 at San Giovanni Calibita Fatebenefratelli hospital of Rome (Italy). Results: Most of the interviewed women (68.9%) answered that influenza is highly contagious, 34.6% of them believed that pregnant women have the same risk of complications as non-pregnant women. Only 5.8% were aware that the vaccine is recommended for women in the second and third trimester of pregnancy and only 14.2% of women answered that the vaccine is safe during pregnancy. Only 3/309 women reported recommendation and offer of vaccination during current pregnancy, but none of them was vaccinated. Conclusions: Overall, knowledge regarding influenza, implications during pregnancy and influenza vaccine was poor among pregnant women. In Italy, the National Vaccine Prevention Plan 2012–2014 recommends influenza vaccine during pregnancy, but only 18/309 were aware of this recommendation. These results suggest that in order to increase influenza vaccine acceptance it is necessary to improve pregnant women knowledge about influenza and to offer education to healthcare providers.
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Rilevanza internazionale
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Esperti anonimi
Settore MED/40 - Ginecologia e Ostetricia
eng
Health knowledge; influenza; pregnancy; questionnaire; vaccine;
http://dx.medra.org/26555821
Maurici, M., Dugo, V., Zaratti, L., Paulon, L., Pellegrini, M., Baiocco, E., et al. (2016). Knowledge and attitude of pregnant women toward flu vaccination: a cross-sectional survey. THE JOURNAL OF MATERNAL-FETAL & NEONATAL MEDICINE, 29(19), 3147-3150 [10.3109/14767058.2015.1118033].
Maurici, M; Dugo, V; Zaratti, L; Paulon, L; Pellegrini, M; Baiocco, E; Rizzo, G; Franco, E
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