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Parents' reported reasons for avoiding MMR vaccination: A telephone survey
Department of Communicable Disease Control, Landstinget i Östergötland, SE-581 91 Linköping, Sweden, Department of Epidemiology, Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control, Solna, Sweden.
Communicable Disease Unit, National Board of Health and Welfare, Stockholm, Sweden.
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Pediatrics . Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Paediatrics and Gynecology and Obstetrics, Department of Paediatrics in Linköping.
Department of Epidemiology, Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control, Solna, Sweden.
2005 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, ISSN 0281-3432, Vol. 23, no 3, 149-153 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective. During the second half of the 1990s and the first years of the 2000s a declining coverage for MMR vaccination in two-year-olds was observed in Sweden. The aim was to assess reasons for postponement or non-vaccination. Design. A telephone survey using a structured questionnaire on parents' attitudes regarding their choice to postpone or abstain from vaccinating their child. Setting. The County of Östergötland in Sweden. Subjects. A total of 203 parents of children who had no registered date for MMR vaccination at a Child Health Centre. Main outcome measures. Parental reasons for non-vaccination. Results. In all, 26 of the 203 children had received MMR vaccination but this had not been registered. Of those not vaccinated, 40% of the parents had decided to abstain and 60% to postpone vaccination. Fear of side effects was the most common reason for non-vaccination in both groups. The main source of information was the media followed by the Child Health Centre. Parents with a single child more often postponed vaccination and those who abstained were more likely to have had a discussion with a doctor or nurse about MMR vaccine. Conclusion. Postponers and abstainers may have different reasons for their decision. The role of well-trained healthcare staff in giving advice and an opportunity to discuss MMR vaccination with concerned parents is very important. © 2005 Taylor & Francis.

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2005. Vol. 23, no 3, 149-153 p.
Keyword [en]
Attitudes, MMR, Parents, Vaccination
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-50432DOI: 10.1080/02813430510031306OAI: diva2:271328
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2011-01-12

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