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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 6120701, 9 pages
Research Article

Efforts to Improve Immunization Coverage during Pregnancy among Ob-Gyns

1Department of Research, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA
2Department of Psychology, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016, USA
3Practice Division, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA

Received 12 November 2015; Revised 6 January 2016; Accepted 10 January 2016

Academic Editor: Faustino R. Perez-Lopez

Copyright © 2016 Katherine M. Jones et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Influenza and Tdap vaccines are vital factors for improving maternal and neonatal health outcomes. Methods. A prospective, longitudinal study was conducted to determine whether the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG’s) efforts to increase ob-gyn use of their immunization toolkits and vaccination administration were successful. Pre- and postintervention questionnaires were mailed to a random sample of 1,500 ACOG members between August 2012 and July 2015. Results. Significantly more postintervention survey ob-gyns reported that they received the immunization toolkits than preintervention survey ob-gyns (84.5% versus 67.0%, ). The large majority of ob-gyns from both surveys (76.9% versus 78.9%) reported that they offered or planned to offer influenza vaccinations to their patients for the 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 flu seasons. Postintervention survey respondents were significantly more likely than preintervention survey participants to report that they routinely offer Tdap vaccinations to all patients during pregnancy (76.8% versus 59.3%, ). Conclusion. ACOG’s efforts to improve ob-gyn use of immunization toolkits and vaccine administration appear to have been successful in several ways. ACOG’s toolkits are an example of an effective intervention to overcome barriers to offering vaccines and help improve influenza and Tdap immunization coverage for pregnant women.