The use of a web-based, social media platform that includes a way for pregnant women to question health care experts about infant vaccination positively affected vaccine behaviors of parents according to a new Kaiser Permanente Colorado study.
Pregnant women who received vaccine information through an interactive website monitored by a clinical expert were more likely to vaccinate their children than those who received usual care alone, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Pediatrics.
Karina Maher, MD, a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente’s Santa Monica Medical Offices, says following the recommended immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their child’s health. They protect your child, family and community from preventable diseases. Without vaccinations, serious illnesses return. Children and adults who are not protected can become very sick and spread illness throughout your community.
Findings from the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center, reported in the journal Pediatrics, show that among infants of women who received the Tdap pertussis booster vaccine during pregnancy, the risk of contracting pertussis was reduced by an estimated 91 percent during the first two months of life.
The findings help explain why the USA has seen a resurgence of whooping cough despite high vaccination rates, said study co-author Nicola Klein, co-director of Kaiser Permanente’s Vaccine Study Center.