New research on an ethnically diverse population of pregnant women in London reveals very low levels of uptake of the pertusis vaccination (26%) among the sample group.
The research points out that whilst the vaccine is recommended, only 63% of pregnant women were aware of it. The research found that a “Lack of encouragement from healthcare professionals was identified as the main reason.”
The researchers said that nine in ten women in their sample believed “healthcare professionals need to become more engaged in providing timely information about vaccines in pregnancy”.
The UK suffered a major outbreak of pertussis in 2012, resulting in 14 infant deaths across England.
The research highlights the need for targeted interventions. Uptake in some ethnic minority groups was found to be higher than in others.
Thanks to @petermbenglish for mentioning this research on twitter.