Text Message-Based Survey Reveals Flu Shot Attitudes 29381

A majority of pregnant women and new mothers have either received flu shots this season or plan to get them, a new survey conducted by the text message-based education campaign Text4Baby has found.  The survey collected information from 30,000 women who subscribe to the text message service.  Almost 40 percent said they had already received shots this flu season, which officially began in October, and nearly 30 percent said they planned to receive shots.

Thirty-one percent of the respondents said they were not planning to get flu shots.  Text4Baby said in a release, "Of the 9,859 who responded that there were not planning to get a flu shot, 22% indicated that they were concerned about the safety of the vaccine, 18.3% were concerned that the vaccine may actually give them the flu, 8% were concerned about the cost of the vaccine, and 14% didn't think they needed the vaccine."

More than half of the respondents said they wanted and appreciated reminder text messages on flu shots and other health topics, the service that Text4Baby provides.

The findings mirror similar studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found that 49 percent of pregnant women received the flu vaccine in 2010.

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