Journal article

Increasing uptake of influenza vaccine by pregnant women post H1N1 pandemic: a longitudinal study in Melbourne, Australia, 2010 to 2014

Elizabeth Anne McCarthy, Wendy Elizabeth Pollock, Lauren Tapper, Maree Sommerville, Susan McDonald

BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth | BMC | Published : 2015


BACKGROUND: A Melbourne (Australia) university affiliated, tertiary obstetric hospital provides lay and professional education about influenza vaccine in pregnancy annually each March, early in the local influenza season. Responding to a 2011 survey of new mothers' opinions, the hospital made influenza vaccine freely available in antenatal clinics from 2012. We wished to determine influenza vaccination uptake during pregnancy with these strategies 5 years after 2009 H1N1. METHODS: Face to face interviews based on US Center for Disease Control and Prevention Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System with new mothers in postnatal wards each July, 2010 to 2014. We calculated recalled influenz..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We are grateful to participant new mothers and to research assistants Melissa McDonald, Sarah Hay, Anne Schiller, Sally Andrews, Sue Davis, Rebecca Savvas, Judith Warnest-Knowles, Diane Loewenguth, Bridget Keogh, Jan Steinke, Melissa Stellas and Monica Owlad. We thank Natalija Nesvadba and her team in hospital Multicultural Services who provided interpreting services for research assistants and participant women as well as background information about interpreter use in the clinical setting at the hospital. The Mercy Health Academic Research & Development Committee generously granted funds in 2013 and 2014 for research assistant salaries. The funding body played no role in study design, collection, analysis and interpretation of data, report writing and the decision to submit for publication.