Vaccine eligibility and acceptance among ambulatory obstetric and gynecologic patients

Wendy S. Vitek, Aletha Akers, Leslie A. Meyn, Galen E. Switzer, Bruce Y. Lee, Richard H. Beigi

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Abstract

Objective: To assess vaccine eligibility and factors associated with vaccine acceptance among ambulatory obstetric and gynecologic patients. Methods: An anonymous office-based survey was administered to women seeking ambulatory obstetric and gynecologic care at a large women's hospital from December 2007 to July 2008. Information collected included: demographics, medical and vaccination history, interest in receiving vaccines and attitudes towards vaccine providers. Vaccine eligibility was based on age and/or self-reported risk factors in accord with the 2007-2008 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adult immunization schedule. Vaccine eligibility was examined using descriptive statistics, and demographic characteristics were compared using chi-squared analysis. A multivariable logistic regression model was developed to assess factors associated with participants' willingness to accept vaccines from their obstetrician-gynecologist. Results: A total of 1441 women completed the survey. The majority of participants (87%) would accept vaccines if recommended by their obstetrician-gynecologist. The primary factors associated with vaccine acceptance were having less than a high school education, being privately insured, currently being pregnant, reporting a history of vaccinations and previously receiving vaccinations from an obstetrician-gynecologist. A significant portion of participants were eligible for the hepatitis B, influenza and HPV vaccines (≥50% for each). The type of vaccine did not influence willingness to accept vaccines from an obstetrician-gynecologist. Conclusion: A majority of women appear eligible for, and will accept, vaccinations regardless of specific vaccine, if recommended by their obstetrician-gynecologist. These findings justify ongoing efforts to expand immunization services offered by obstetrician-gynecologists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2024-2028
Number of pages5
JournalVaccine
Volume29
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Gynecology
  • Obstetrics
  • Patient acceptance of health care
  • Vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • veterinary(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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