Enhancement of vaccination attitude and flu vaccination coverage among pregnant women attending birthing preparation course

Stefania Bruno, Brigida Carducci, Gianluigi Quaranta, Viria Beccia, Andrea Di Pilla, Daniele Ignazio La Milia, Marcello Di Pumpo, Elettra Carini, Lucia Masini, Enrica Tamburrini, Antonietta Spadea, Gianfranco Damiani, Antonio Lanzone, Patrizia Laurenti

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Most vaccinations are recommended within the 15th month of life, in order to reduce risks and to protect children from the initial stages of their lives. A vaccination training session was carried out during the birthing preparation course, aimed at increasing the attitude toward vaccination in maternal-child age. A questionnaire on vaccination awareness was administered before and after the training session and on-site flu vaccination was offered to women and their companions. The percentage of participants who consider the preparatory course a useful tool to obtain information about vaccines increases significantly from 30.34% at pre-intervention to 64.56% at post-interven-tion (p < 0.001). There is a significant increase in the mean number of vaccinations that the participants want their children to get. The number of participants believing that there is no relationship between vaccination and autism rose from 41.05 to 72.97% (p < 0.001). In total, 48 out of 119 (40.34%) pregnant women participating in the course and 39 companions were vaccinated for influenza. Vaccination knowledge and attitude significantly increased after a training session dedicated to vaccination as a part of the pregnant pre-birth course, whose aim can be therefore extended to the management of the health of the child, well beyond the period of pregnancy, according to the life-course approach to health.

Original languageEnglish
Article number183
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021


  • Awareness
  • Birthing preparation course
  • Flu vaccinations
  • On-site vaccinations
  • Pregnant women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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