New article in JOGC

Sep 29, 2016

How do pregnant women and new mothers decide whether to get the flu shot? Do they have enough information from trusted sources? And how might this differ during a pandemic?

Along with Drs. Julie Bettinger and Deb Money, I’m pleased to share results of a new mixed-method study of expectant and new mothers, Attitudes and Beliefs of Pregnant Women and New Mothers regarding Influenza Vaccination in British Columbia, now available Open Access from the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada. 

Some key points of interest to me:

  • Even mothers who are generally pro-vaccine often had doubts and concerns about the flu shot, especially during pregnancy.
  • Past failures of drug safety regulation (e.g., thalidomide) still strongly affect decision-making.
  • Mixed messages in the media, especially during the H1N1 pandemic, caused fear and uncertainty.
  • Many mothers did not recall their maternity care provider ever discussing shots with them, but would have liked their advice.
  • Women who did not intend to be vaccinated weren’t, but those who were undecided had decision-making processes that were information-sensitive.

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