Author(s): Coniglio MA, Platania M, Privitera D, Giammanco G, Pignato S
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Since a long time, Italy has maintained a dual system to administer childhood immunisations, that is a certain number of mandatory vaccinations and a number of recommended vaccinations. The study aimed to explore the issues surrounding parental acceptance or non-acceptance of the recommended vaccinations for children. METHODS: Parents of children aged 3-5 years of day-care centres in Sicily were asked to fill out an anonymous questionnaire. Determinants of the attitude towards recommended vaccinations and social influence on the decision-making process were assessed using logistic regression analysis. RESULTS: Of the 1,500 selected parents, 81.0\% participated in the study. Prior to the survey, the majority of children (97.6\%) received recommended vaccines. Most parents (74.4\%) received information about vaccinations from Family Paediatricians, showed a good knowledge about the side effects of the vaccines (73.1\%), did not worry about their potential dangerousness (53.0\%) and would have accepted their children to be vaccinated even if it was not required for day care (84.1\%). The majority (79.9\%) were not disposed to follow the advises of the anti-vaccination movements. Parents' background characteristics, sources of information and social influence were not significantly associated with parental acceptance of recommended vaccines for childhood. CONCLUSIONS: This study suggests that health information by Family Paediatricians is significantly associated with parental acceptance of recommended vaccinations. © 2011 Coniglio et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
This article was published in BMC Public Health
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