Predictors of H1N1 vaccination in pregnancy.


Journal Article (Review)

The purpose of this review was to determine factors that influence a pregnant woman's acceptance of the H1N1 vaccine with the use of the Health Belief Model (HBM). A self-administered questionnaire based on the HBM was used in a cross-sectional study of postpartum women during the 2009 H1N1 epidemic. Overall, 212 postpartum women were approached and agreed to participate; of these women, 25.5% had received an H1N1 vaccination. Perceived barriers to vaccination (P = .001) and perceived severity of infection (P = .018) were independent predictors of vaccination. The total predictive utility of the full model that incorporated HBM dimensions, age, race, care provider, and education level was moderate (area under the curve, -0.86). The addressing of perceived barriers (such as fear of side-effects), an explanation of the safety of the vaccine for the fetus, and the stressing of complications that are associated with H1N1 infection in pregnancy may increase the rate of vaccination.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fridman, D; Steinberg, E; Azhar, E; Weedon, J; Wilson, TE; Minkoff, H

Published Date

  • June 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 204 / 6 Suppl 1

Start / End Page

  • S124 - S127

PubMed ID

  • 21640229

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21640229

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-6868

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ajog.2011.04.011


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States