|Title||Pregnant women's attitudes toward influenza vaccination while breastfeeding.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Gorman, JR, Chambers, CD|
|Journal||Prev Med Rep|
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to assess the concerns pregnant women have about influenza vaccination while breastfeeding and to determine if having these concerns represents a barrier to vaccination uptake.
METHODS: The Vaccines and Medications in Pregnancy Surveillance System (VAMPSS) conducted a prospective cohort study in the US and Canada of influenza vaccine safety among pregnant women, oversampling vaccinated women. Data for the present paper are from an additional cross-sectional telephone survey completed during the 2010-2011 and 2012-2013 influenza seasons.
RESULTS: We surveyed 431 pregnant women about their attitudes regarding influenza vaccination while breastfeeding. Almost half of the participants identified one or two concerns and 4% reported three or more concerns. About one quarter reported that they would be unlikely to have an influenza vaccination while breastfeeding. In the multivariate model, those reporting 1-2 concerns (OR = 0.16, 95% CI 0.09-0.28) and those reported 3 or more concerns (OR = 0.07, 95% CI 0.02-0.22) had lower odds of being likely to vaccinate.
CONCLUSIONS: Pregnant women and postpartum women who are breastfeeding could benefit from receiving information and recommendations specific to vaccination from their healthcare providers, with a focus on discussing known risks and benefits to the baby's health.
|Alternate Journal||Prev Med Rep|
|PubMed Central ID||PMC4721402|