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The Impact of Access to Immunization Information on Vaccine Acceptance in Three Countries

The Impact of Access to Immunization Information on Vaccine Acceptance in Three Countries

Author: 
Lori K. Handy
Stefania Maroudi
Maura Powell
Bakanuki Nfila
Charlotte Moser
Ingrid Japa
Ndibo Monyatsi
Elena Tzortzi
Ismini Kouzeli
Anthony Luberti
Maria Theodoridou
Paul Offit
Andrew Steenhoff
Judy A. Shea
Kristen A. Feemster
Publication Date
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Affiliation: 

The Sidney Kimmel Medical Center at Thomas Jefferson University (Handy); Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Handy); Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Handy, Powell, Moser, Japa, Offit, Steenhoff, Feemster); Collaborative Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Outcomes Research (Maroudi); Botswana-UPenn Partnership (Nfila, Tzortzi, Kouzeli, Theodoridou); Robert Reid Cabral Hospital (Japa); Ministry of Health, Gaborone, Botswana (Monyatsi); University of Pennsylvania (Luberti, Offit, Steenhoff, Shea, Feemster); Botswana-UPenn Partnership and University of Botswana (Steenhoff)

"These differences highlight the influence of context on vaccine acceptance and emphasize the importance of region- or country-specific research to understand local drivers of vaccine acceptance."

This study explored attitudes and beliefs related to vaccine acceptance and the methods of communication about vaccines leading to vaccine acceptance in 3 countries in diverse regions of the world and with immunisation programmes in various stages of development: Botswana, the Dominican Republic (DR), and Greece. It has been suggested that region- or country-specific research is crucial given the complex array of individual, sociocultural, and political factors that influence vaccine acceptance.

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