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Influenza and Text Messaging in Pregnancy

Information source: University of Pittsburgh
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 20, 2015
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Condition(s) targeted: Influenza Vaccination

Intervention: influenza vaccination/general health/pregnancy information (Other); general health/pregnancy information (Other)

Phase: N/A

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: University of Pittsburgh

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Michelle Moniz, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh


History and the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic suggest that both seasonal and pandemic influenza infections impart disproportionate morbidity and mortality among gravidas. The influenza vaccine represents a viable, preventive health intervention to mitigate disease burden for gravidas and their neonates[1,2]. Despite the safety and efficacy of influenza vaccines, suboptimal maternal vaccination rates (13-24%) persist nationwide[3]. Barriers to influenza vaccination during pregnancy include patient concerns about vaccine safety and unappreciated risk of influenza infection[4]. Cellular phone text messaging has emerged as an innovative technology with advantages of ubiquity, rapid, confidential information transmission, and low cost. Text messaging may represent an effective way to educate pregnant women about their particular vulnerability to influenza infection and enhance influenza vaccine uptake. We propose a randomized, controlled clinical trial to assess whether text messaging to an outpatient obstetric population can improve maternal influenza vaccine uptake.

Clinical Details

Official title: Text Messaging For Preventative Health During Pregnancy; Improving Influenza Vaccination Rates In Pregnancy: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Text Messaging to Increase Vaccine Uptake

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Subject), Primary Purpose: Health Services Research

Primary outcome: To assess the ability of direct communication and education to patients using modern technology (cellular text messaging) to enhance vaccine uptake.

Secondary outcome: To assess the ability of direct education via text messaging to enhance knowledge about influenza infection and vaccination in pregnancy.


Minimum age: 14 Years. Maximum age: 50 Years. Gender(s): Female.


Inclusion Criteria: 1. Pregnant women less than 28 weeks estimated gestation age 2. Between 14-50 years of age 3. Willing to provide informed consent and undergo necessary study procedures Exclusion Criteria: 1. Unwillingness or inability to receive text messages 2. Receipt of the current season's influenza vaccine or plan to receive the influenza vaccine on the day of the enrollment visit 3. Reported history of adverse reaction precluding receipt of the vaccine 4. Unwillingness or inability to provide informed consent and comply with study criteria.

Locations and Contacts

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213, United States
Additional Information

Starting date: September 2010
Last updated: April 15, 2015

Page last updated: August 20, 2015

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