3rd edition, edited by Sean P David and published by Academic Press
The study found that infant immunisations are more likely to be
delayed if women receive information during pregnancy that discourages infant
immunisation. There was no effect on the timeliness of infant immunisation if
they received encouraging information about immunisation or no information at
all. The main sources of immunisation information identified were health care
providers (35 per cent), family and friends (14 per cent) and media (14 per
Less than half (44 per cent) of the women interviewed recalled having any information about the immunisation of their future children. Thirty per cent said they received both encouraging and discouraging advice and five per cent received only discouraging information. One in six women received discouraging information on immunisations from their health care provider.
Of the women who did not recall receiving any information during pregnancy, 70 per cent of their infants were immunised on time, compared with 57 per cent of infants of women who received discouraging information and 61 per cent of infants of women who received both encouraging and discouraging information.
For national immunisation programmes to have the best results, children need to receive scheduled vaccinations on time.
Pinnacle MHN works alongside the Ministry of Health's National Immunisation Register and Schedule to encourage and facilitate timely immunisation for children through its Child and Youth Health Coordination Service (Cay-C).
Providing pregnant women with immunisation information is critical. Visit itsmyhealth for more information on the Cay-C team and immunisation. Do you feel your practice has what it needs to talk to pregnant woman about the immunisatin programme? If you have ideas on resources that might help we'd love to hear from you, email Andrew Swanson-Dobbs, general manager, practice and network services.
Read the full press release on the study's findings here.
Dr Dave Maplesden works with Waikato practices and supports the PHO network through his special interest in quality of care.
Dr Maplesden had a colleage recently report a case where an elderly lady, who had had a splenectomy in her
twenties, presented with mild flu-like symptoms, then died within 24-hours from pneumococcal
sepsis. The patient never had the currently recommended post-splenectomy vaccination
regime. Patients with a history of splenectomy or other functional asplenia are at increased risk of
overwhelming sepsis from some bacterial infections, particularly streptococcus pneumoniae, haemophilus influenzae, and meningococcus. There may be some value in auditing your patients with a coded history of splenectomy (even in the
distant past) to ensure there are appropriately vaccinated.
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