Perception and attitudes of Korean obstetricians about maternal influenza vaccination

Ji Yun Noh, Yu Bin Seo, Joon Young Song, Won Suk Choi, Jacob Lee, Eunju Jung, Seonghui Kang, Min Joo Choi, Jiho Jun, Jin Gu Yoon, Saem Na Lee, Hakjun Hyun, Jin Soo Lee, Hojin Cheong, Hee Jin Cheong, Woo Joo Kim

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    Pregnant women are prioritized to receive influenza vaccination. However, the maternal influenza vaccination rate has been low in Korea. To identify potential barriers for the vaccination of pregnant women against influenza, a survey using a questionnaire on the perceptions and attitudes about maternal influenza vaccination was applied to Korean obstetricians between May and August of 2014. A total of 473 respondents participated in the survey. Most respondents (94.8%, 442/466) recognized that influenza vaccination was required for pregnant women. In addition, 92.8% (410/442) respondents knew that the incidence of adverse events following influenza vaccination is not different between pregnant and non-pregnant women. However, 26.5% (124/468) obstetricians strongly recommended influenza vaccination to pregnant women. The concern about adverse events following influenza vaccination was considered as a major barrier for the promotion of maternal influenza vaccination by healthcare providers. Providing professional information and education about maternal influenza vaccination will enhance the perception of obstetricians about influenza vaccination to pregnant women and will be helpful to improve maternal influenza vaccination coverage in Korea.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1063-1068
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Korean Medical Science
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1


    • Influenza vaccines
    • Maternal welfare
    • Pregnant women

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine(all)


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