Date of Award

Spring 2019


Capstone - Open Access


Health and Wellness Management

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Advisor

April Bowling


Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to complications and death caused by the Influenza virus. Pregnant women account for only 1% of the population at a time, but 6-10% of the deaths caused by the flu. This study surveyed women over the age of 18 years old, that are students and staff/faculty of Merrimack College, to assess their perceptions of the influenza vaccine during pregnancy. The survey was administered using a Likert-scale to assess knowledge about the flu vaccine. Option four of the scale represented uneducated answers, while option one represented educated answers about the flu vaccine. The t-test used had a p value of 0.008 and it showed a significant difference between the knowledge of the students and staff about the flu vaccine. Among the staff, 57.14% believes that the flu vaccine can give you flu; while, only 10.98% of the students believe the same. There is a need to increase the knowledge about the flu vaccine, so that when pregnant, the woman will have the awareness to make the right decision.