Survey of Australian Fathers Attitudes towards Infant Vaccination: Findings from the Australian Fathers StudyNatasha Prosser1, Rodney Petersen2 and Julie Quinlivan1,3*
- *Corresponding Author:
- Julie Quinlivan
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Joondalup Health Campus, Joondalup, WA 6027, Australia
Tel: 08 9400 9631
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: June 09, 2016; Accepted date: June 27, 2016; Published date: June 30, 2016
Citation: Prosser N, Petersen R, Quinlivan J (2016) Survey of Australian Father’s Attitudes towards Infant Vaccination: Findings from the Australian Father’s Study. Primary Health Care 6:228. doi:10.4172/2167-1079.1000228
Copyright: © 2016 Prosser N, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Objective: To investigate the attitudes of expectant Australian fathers towards vaccination, and to identify factors which may influence these attitudes. Methods: A cross-sectional survey study of 407 Australian men with expectant partners, mean age 30.4 (SD 6.7). Self reported attitude, level of knowledge and information resources accessed regarding pregnancy related issues. Participant demographics collected included: Age, number of children, relationship status, level of education, employment information and smoking status. Results: Majority (89%) of participants had a positive attitude towards infant vaccination, 9% felt neutral and 2% had negative attitudes. Positive attitudes towards vaccination were associated with lower self-reported knowledge of pregnancy issues but a higher likelihood of discussing pregnancy issues with health care providers rather than sourcing information from the internet (both p<0.001). Conclusion: A majority of Australian expectant fathers have a positive attitude towards infant vaccination. Fathers with negative attitudes to vaccination self-reported higher levels of knowledge. They were more likely to obtain information from the Internet instead of healthcare staff. Implication for public health: Including fathers in health discussion with knowledgeable health care providers may result in increased vaccine uptake.