Infant vaccination education preferences among low-income pregnant women

Erika L. Fuchs, Jacqueline M. Hirth, Fangjian Guo, V. Gnaukita Brown, Leslie Cofie, Abbey B. Berenson

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Childhood vaccination is an important public health intervention, yet many children remain under-vaccinated. The objective of this study was to examine infant vaccination education preferences in a population of low-income pregnant women by ethnicity, nativity, and language. Pregnant women 14–44 y old (n = 335) attending a participating low-income reproductive health clinic in southeast Texas from May 26-July 21, 2017, and who completed a paper survey offered in English and Spanish were included. Participants were asked to complete questions about their demographic characteristics and preferences about infant vaccination education. To examine differences in vaccine education preferences by participant demographic characteristics, chi-squared tests, or Fisher’s exact tests and one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) were conducted using Stata SE Version 15.1 with α = 0.05. Nearly half (47.5%) of participants considered pregnancy the best time to get information about infant vaccination and were most likely (40.6%) to indicate the nurse who gives vaccines during pregnancy as the health-care worker with whom they would like to discuss infant vaccination. There were no demographic differences in preferred timing of vaccine education delivery or provider who delivers vaccine education. Prenatal, nurse-delivered vaccine educational programs would be well accepted in this low-income population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-258
Number of pages4
JournalHuman Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021


  • Vaccination
  • nurses
  • obstetrics
  • pediatrics
  • vaccine education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology


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