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Original Articles

IMAJ | volume 22

Journal 3, March 2020
pages: 148-153

The Barriers to Neonatal Hepatitis B Vaccination in Israel: A Prospective Study

Summary

Background:

Opposition to neonatal Hepatitis B vaccination is a growing trend in Israel.

Objectives:

To assess the sociodemographic factors and attitudes associated with non-vaccination of term singleton newborns.

Methods:

This prospective, pair-matched, controlled trial was conducted in a tertiary university-affiliated hospital. Data on maternal sociodemographic parameters, delivery, and infant care practices were gathered. Knowledge and references of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination, vaccination schedule, and health government policies were assessed. A follow-up telephone survey was completed at the age of 7 weeks postpartum regarding vaccine catch-up rate.

Results:

Mothers in the study group were mostly Jewish white middle class married multiparous women with some higher education. Hepatitis B serology was not tested in most. Higher rates of rooming-in and exclusive breastfeeding were observed. Knowledge about HBV was stated, multiple sources of information were significantly associated with newborn non-vaccination. Many objected to the timing of the vaccine and its necessity. Multiple medical encounters are viewed as missed opportunities.

Conclusions:

Multiple sources of vaccine information are associated with non-vaccination. Medical encounters prior and post-delivery should be used for vaccination education and may improve vaccination coverage.

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