GPs cautious on flu vax in pregnancy

Seventeen GPs, from a variety of practices, agreed to be interviewed.

Most GPs were aware of the advice on influenza immunisation in pregnancy but had concerns, often related to the timing of the vaccination.

One-third of the GPs thought influenza was not a serious risk in pregnancy, and some considered that only the H1N1 strain was a problem. Although the GPs said the vaccine could be beneficial, more than half of them had concerns about its safety. They felt that they needed more information about using the vaccine in pregnancy.

The GPs’ perceptions of risk influenced their advice to patients.