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Flu vaccination: the rate of uptake during pregnancy in England

Exploring the role that health professionals play in the dissemination of information about the flu jab to mothers and pregnant women in England   
Flu vaccine

Exploring the role that health professionals play in the dissemination of information about the flu jab to mothers and pregnant women in England

Maternal vaccination programmes in the UK aim to protect pregnant women and their young babies against seasonal influenza and babies from birth against pertussis. However, the rate of uptake flu vaccination during pregnancy in England was only 42.3% in 2015-16.

84%

of health professionals were aware that pertussis and influenza vaccines were recommended during pregnancy

Health professionals play an important role in informing women and recommending vaccination. This cross-sectional online survey examined the knowledge of 3,441 practice nurses, health visitors and midwives about vaccination in pregnancy and whether they recommend scheduled vaccines.

Overall, 84% were aware that pertussis and influenza vaccines were recommended during pregnancy although this varied by professional group (91% practice nurses,

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