Parents' reported reasons for avoiding MMR vaccination: A telephone survey
2005 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, ISSN 0281-3432, Vol. 23, no 3, 149-153 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 23, no 3, 149-153 p.
Attitudes, MMR, Parents, Vaccination
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-50432DOI: 10.1080/02813430510031306OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-50432DiVA: diva2:271328