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Response to an Education Program for Parents About Adult Pertussis Vaccination

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Pui-Ying Iroh Tam*
Affiliation:
Departments of Pediatrics, Baystate Children's Hospital, Tufts University School of Medicine, Springfield, Massachusetts
Paul Visintainer
Affiliation:
Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Baystate Children's Hospital, Tufts University School of Medicine, Springfield, Massachusetts
Donna Fisher
Affiliation:
Departments of Pediatrics, Baystate Children's Hospital, Tufts University School of Medicine, Springfield, Massachusetts Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Baystate Children's Hospital, Tufts University School of Medicine, Springfield, Massachusetts
*
Department of Pediatrics, Baystate Children's Hospital, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01199 (pui-ying.irohtam@bhs.org)

Abstract

We designed a prospective study to evaluate the effectiveness of an educational intervention designed to increase awareness and knowledge of pertussis among parents and grandparents of newborns. We also evaluated its effect on their willingness to receive the tetanus toxoid-diphtheria toxoid-acellular pertussis vaccine. There was a statistically significant (P < .05) increase in participants' knowledge about pertussis and in their willingness to receive vaccination after our education program. However, follow-up several months after participants underwent the intervention revealed that only 12 (8%) of 150 participants had been vaccinated.

Type
Concise Communications
Copyright
Copyright © The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America 2009

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