Maternal Vaccination Against Bordetella Pertussis: What Do Pregnant Women Want?Claire F La Chapelle1, Catharina AL van Rijn1, Johannes CM van Huisseling1* and Florens GA Versteegh2
- *Corresponding Author:
- Dr. JCM van Huisseling
Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
Groene Hart Ziekenhuis, Gouda
PO box 1098, 2800BB Gouda, Netherlands
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: July 12, 2013; Accepted Date: August 12, 2013; Published Date: August 16, 2013
Citation: La Chapelle CF, van Rijn CAL, van Huisseling JCM, Versteegh FGA (2013) Maternal Vaccination Against Bordetella Pertussis: What Do Pregnant Women Want? Gynecol Obstet 3:162. doi: 10.4172/2161-0932.1000162
Copyright: © 2013 La Chapelle CF, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Background: Whooping cough, caused by Bordetella pertussis (Bp) is a highly contagious disease affecting the respiratory tract. It can cause severe morbidity and death in young infants who are too young to be immunized the incidence of whooping cough is rising. Maternal vaccination may reduce morbidity and mortality caused by Bp in infants.
Objectives: To evaluate the perspective of pregnant women towards maternal vaccination to protect newborns against Bp in The Netherlands.
Design: Cross sectional survey.
Methods: A total of 300 pregnant women visiting the obstetric outpatient department were surveyed by questionnaire concerning their perspective on maternal vaccination against Bp.
Results: The response rate was 42%. Of the respondents (126), three quarters (95% CI 0.67-0.85) had a positive attitude towards maternal vaccination against Bp. Almost half (45%) of all women with a positive attitude would consider participation in a research setting. Responders with a positive attitude did not differ in age, parity and religion compared to responders with a negative attitude.
Conclusion: There is a moderate positive attitude towards maternal vaccination against Bp among pregnant women. Conducting a vaccination study against Bp in pregnant women seems feasible.