Volume 30, Issue 37 pp. 5449-5584 (10 August 2012)
Impact of postpartum information about pertussis booster to parents in a university maternity hospital
Original Research Article
Bertrand Leboucher, Loïc Sentilhes, Fatma Abbou, Estelle Henry, Emmanuel Grimprel, Philippe Descam
Parent-to-infant transmission of pertussis remains an issue in France. Although adult booster vaccination was introduced in 2004 as part of a cocooning strategy targeted primarily to parents of young infants, vaccination coverage in this population has remained low. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact on vaccination coverage, over two consecutive years, of a protocol in which information about the pertussis booster and a prescription for pertussis vaccine were given to parents upon discharge from a French university maternity hospital. A questionnaire was administered to mothers two months after delivery, during two 3-month periods in 2008 and 2009. Participation rates were 67% (first period) and 76.3% (second period). Information about pertussis was delivered mainly by paediatricians and midwives and was considered clear and pertinent in more than 95% of cases. In 2009, 69% of mothers and 63% of fathers who received a prescription for pertussis vaccine before discharge from the maternity declared being vaccinated, with no difference as compared to 2008. Vaccination was done by a general practitioner (95.9%) and mostly in the first month after birth (81%). Postpartum information about pertussis was successfully implemented and well understood by parents in the maternity hospital and should contribute towards increasing pertussis vaccination coverage in parents of young children.