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Influenza Research and Treatment
Volume 2012, Article ID 329506, 6 pages
Research Article

Influenza Vaccine Coverage among Pregnant Women in a Public Hospital System during the 2009-2010 Pandemic Influenza Season

1Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Women’s Health, Maricopa Integrated Health System, Phoenix, AZ 85008, USA
2Department of Research, Maricopa Integrated Health System, Phoenix, AZ 85008, USA
3Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, District Medical Group, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
4Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, AZ 85008, USA

Received 30 November 2011; Accepted 16 February 2012

Academic Editor: Michael L. Perdue

Copyright © 2012 Dean V. Coonrod 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.


The purpose of this study was to compare influenza vaccination rates of pregnant women in a public safety-net health system to national coverage rates during the 2009-2010 pandemic influenza season. A chart review of a random sample of deliveries was undertaken to determine rates of coverage and predictors of vaccine coverage of women who obtained prenatal care and delivered in our health system. Rates were calculated from deliveries from when the vaccine was first available through April 30, 2010. Coverage rates were 54% for the seasonal influenza vaccine and 51% for the H1N1 vaccine. Race/ethnicity, insurance status and language spoken did not predict the receipt of either vaccine. When we included only births which occurred through March 12, 2010, as was done in a large population-based study, the rates were 61% and 59%, respectively. Our rates are about 10% higher than the rates reported in that study. Our comprehensive strategy for promoting vaccine coverage achieved higher vaccination rates in a safety-net health system, which serves groups historically less likely to be vaccinated, than those reported for the pregnant population at large.