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Low Coverage of Influenza Vaccination among Chinese Children Aged 12-23 Months: Prevalence and Associated Factors

Low Coverage of Influenza Vaccination among Chinese Children Aged 12-23 Months: Prevalence and Associated Factors

Author: 
Joseph T. F. Lau
Catalina S. M. Ng
Anise M. S. Wu
Yee Ling Ma
Mason M. C. Lau
Publication Date
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Affiliation: 

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (J.T.F. Lau, Ma, M.M.C. Lau); Education University of Hong Kong (Ng); University of Macau (Wu)

The very few studies of annual influenza vaccination (IV) conducted among children under 2 years old have found that health care workers' recommendation, parental concerns about side effects, and parental positive attitudes toward IV are significant factors in the decision. In light of the knowledge gap about factors of IV for children under 2, this study investigated prevalence and associated factors of IV among children aged 12-23 months in Hong Kong. Besides socio-demographics, potential factors that were studied include: 1) family members' IV status, 2) parental perceptions of the Health Belief Model (HBM) and subjective norm of the Theory of Planned Behaviors (TPB), 3) parental fear experienced during the H1N1 pandemic (H1N1 has become a major source of seasonal influenza), and 4) exposure to related mass media messages.

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PLoS ONE 13(10):e0205561. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0205561. Image credit: China Daily

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