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BMC Public Health. 2019 Jul 5;19(1):890. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-7172-8.

Coverage and determinants of influenza vaccine among pregnant women: a cross-sectional study.

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1
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore and National University Health System, Singapore, 117549, Singapore.
2
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, WC1E 7HT, UK.
3
Singapore General Hospital, Singapore, 169608, Singapore.
4
KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore, 229899, Singapore.
5
KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore, 229899, Singapore. yung.chee.fu@singhealth.com.sg.
6
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, NTU Imperial College, Singapore, 636921, Singapore. yung.chee.fu@singhealth.com.sg.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Pregnant women are at increased risk of influenza-related complications. The World Health Organisation recommends influenza vaccination to this high-risk population as highest priority. However, achieving high influenza vaccine coverage among pregnant women remains challenging. We conducted a cross-sectional survey to estimate the coverage and determinants of influenza vaccination among pregnant women in Singapore.

METHODS:

Between September and November 2017, pregnant women aged ≥21 years were recruited at two public hospitals in Singapore. Participants completed an anonymous, self-administered online questionnaire assessing participants' influenza vaccination uptake, knowledge of and attitudes towards influenza and the influenza vaccine, vaccination history, willingness to pay for the influenza vaccine, and external cues to vaccination. We estimated vaccine coverage and used multivariable Poisson models to identify factors associated with vaccine uptake.

RESULTS:

Response rate was 61% (500/814). Only 49 women (9.8, 95% Confidence Interval (CI): 7.3-12.7%) reported receiving the vaccine during their current pregnancy. A few misconceptions were identified among participants, such as the belief that influenza can be treated with antibiotics. The most frequent reason for not being vaccinated was lack of recommendation. Women who were personally advised to get vaccinated against influenza during pregnancy were 7 times more likely to be vaccinated (prevalence ratio (PR) = 7.11; 95% CI: 3.92-12.90). However, only 12% of women were personally advised to get vaccinated. Other factors associated with vaccine uptake were vaccination during a previous pregnancy (PR = 2.51; 95% CI: 1.54-4.11), having insurance to cover the cost of the vaccine (PR = 2.32; 95% CI: 1.43-3.76), and higher vaccine confidence (PR = 1.62; 95% CI: 1.30-2.01).

CONCLUSIONS:

Influenza vaccination uptake among pregnant women in Singapore is low. There is considerable scope for improving vaccination coverage in this high-risk population through vaccination recommendations from healthcare professionals, and public communication targeting common misconceptions about influenza and influenza vaccines.

KEYWORDS:

Influenza; Influenza vaccine; Maternal vaccination; Pregnancy; Vaccine recommendation

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