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75 Percent of Expectant Mothers Will Vaccinate

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By    |   Friday, 06 Nov 2015 11:44 AM

Three quarters of expectant mothers say they plan to follow the recommendations of their doctors on childhood vaccinations, a new study shows.

The study also found, however, that 10.5 percent plan to spread out the recommended immunization schedule and 4 percent are planning to have their child receive some but not all of the recommended vaccinations. The remaining mothers, 10.5 percent, were undecided on the schedule as of their second trimester of pregnancy. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led study was designed to explore beliefs about vaccinations and did not include expectant mothers who were planning to forgo all recommended vaccines, a group that is estimated to be around 1 percent of all parents.

Nearly all expectant mothers believed immunizations were important (25 percent) or very important (59.5 percent) for keeping children healthy. Those who were unsure about their vaccination plans or who were planning to delay or decline some vaccinations had less confidence in the safety, effectiveness and value of routinely recommended vaccines. Notably, undecided mothers had the lowest levels of confidence, the study found.

While most of the expectant mothers indicated that they had heard or seen commonly used educational messages about vaccines (e.g., "Vaccines prevent potentially deadly diseases"), there were large gaps in awareness among the mothers, and many mothers indicated they did not believe some of the commonly used messages were true, the study showed.

The study appears in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and Vaccine.

The researchers surveyed 200 first-time expectant mothers.


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