Parents opinions about the vaccinations of children

Journal Title: Medycyna Ogólna i Nauki o Zdrowiu - Year 2014, Vol 20, Issue 4

Abstract

[b]Introduction[/b]. Vaccination is the most effective method of preventing infectious diseases in children, implemented according to the annually updated immunization programme. The degree of implementation of the vaccination in children depends of parents’ awareness. [b]Aim of the study[/b]. The aim of this study was to investigate the opinions of parents about vaccination, of their security and sources of obtaining information for parents about vaccinations. [b]Material and methods[/b]. The study was conducted from January to May 2012 in the Paediatrics Hospital in Bielsko – Biała, in a group of 123 parents who completed an anonymous survey. [b]Results[/b]. Analysis of the collected data showed that the degree of compulsory vaccinations among children is high. The recommended vaccinations are performed in a small group of children. Most respondents believe vaccinations are safe for children. The main source of information on vaccination for parents is a doctor. [b]Conclusions[/b]. 1. Parents vaccinate their children despite doubts about the efficacy and safety of vaccines used in children. 2. There is a need for greater activation of the media, journals, radio and television, in order to disseminate information on immunization and vaccines. 3. There is a need to promote health education among parents and to shape proper attitudes towards immunization. This is a major task for health staff.

Authors and Affiliations

Katarzyna Gawlik, Halina Woś, Wioletta Waksmańska, Renata Łukasik

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Katarzyna Gawlik, Halina Woś, Wioletta Waksmańska, Renata Łukasik (2014). Parents opinions about the vaccinations of children. Medycyna Ogólna i Nauki o Zdrowiu, 20(4), 360-364. https://europub.co.uk/articles/-A-58401