Room for improvement in maternal vax rates

The proportion of pregnant women being vaccinated against influenza is hovering around one in three but the number getting pertussis shots has soared sixfold, Australian data shows.

The FluMum study of 7200 new mothers in six state capitals reveals pregnant women are still reluctant to be vaccinated against influenza in the optimum gestational period, the first trimester, making GP advice critical to uptake, lead investigator Professor Ross Andrews says.