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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 73
Influenza vaccination in the pregnant: Practitioner's role in vaccination recommendation

1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, Haikou, China; Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis, Nis, Serbia

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Date of Web Publication20-Nov-2014

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Influenza vaccination in the pregnant: Practitioner's role in vaccination recommendation. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2014;7:73

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Influenza vaccination in the pregnant: Practitioner's role in vaccination recommendation. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2014 [cited 2021 Mar 2];7:73. Available from:
Dear Sir,

The situation of emerging influenza is a great concern in obstetrics. The preventive medicine is very important in the antenatal clinic. Taksdal et al. reported "Vaccination coverage can be improved if recommending and offering influenza vaccination becomes a routine part of antenatal care. [1]" In fact, the pregnant is the group that should receive the influenza prophylaxis, and the practitioner should give proper recommendation. According to a recent report by Wiley et al., "less than half the women surveyed reported receiving such a recommendation. [2]" The remained query is why the practitioner does not provide proper recommendation. The important point is the practitioner might be not sure about the effectiveness and safety of vaccination. Hence, they lack esteem for providing any recommendation. Of interest, many obstetric practitioners are reported to "lack knowledge regarding the safety and importance of influenza vaccination during pregnancy. [3]" In addition, according to a recent report by Tong et al., "Uncertainty about who bears responsibility for discussion, recommendation, and vaccination" is proposed to be the main barrier. [4] Tong et al. concluded "clarity about responsibility for providing vaccine is needed. [4]"

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Taksdal SE, Mak DB, Joyce S, Tomlin S, Carcione D, Armstrong PK, et al. Predictors of uptake of influenza vaccination - a survey of pregnant women in Western Australia. Aust Fam Physician 2013;42:582-6.  Back to cited text no. 1
Wiley KE, Massey PD, Cooper SC, Wood NJ, Ho J, Quinn HE, et al. Uptake of influenza vaccine by pregnant women: a cross-sectional survey. Med J Aust 2013;198:373-5.  Back to cited text no. 2
Broughton DE, Beigi RH, Switzer GE, Raker CA, Anderson BL. Obstetric health care workers′ attitudes and beliefs regarding influenza vaccination in pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol 2009;114:981-7.  Back to cited text no. 3
Tong A, Biringer A, Ofner-Agostini M, Upshur R, McGeer A. A cross-sectional study of maternity care providers′ and women′s knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours towards influenza vaccination during pregnancy. J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2008;30:404-10.  Back to cited text no. 4

Correspondence Address:
Beuy Joob
Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand

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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.145033

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