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Brief Report: Parental Attitudes and Knowledge on Routine Childhood Immunization: An Experience from Central Sri Lanka

Brief Report: Parental Attitudes and Knowledge on Routine Childhood Immunization: An Experience from Central Sri Lanka

Author: 
N. C. Herath
T. Kudagammana
T. T. Sanathchandra
H. K. Gamage
I. M. Razik
V. Liynapathirana
Publication Date
Friday, June 22, 2018
Affiliation: 

University of Peradeniya

"A qualitative study would shed more light into the exact factors that contribute to the development of vaccine hesitancy. These are likely to be different from those found in Western, developed countries."

Although Sri Lanka has very high vaccine coverage, approaching 99% for most infectious diseases, anecdotal stories of vaccine refusal are being reported there. Thus, there is an increasing concern about vaccine hesitancy, defined by the SAGE Working Group as "delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite availability of vaccinations services". This study was conducted to assess parental knowledge of childhood vaccination in Sri Lanka, as lack of awareness could make parents susceptible to messaging by the anti-vaccine movement.

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BMC Research Notes. 2018; 11: 402. doi: 10.1186/s13104-018-3519-y; and email from Veranja Liyanapathirana to The Communication Initiative on July 19 2018. Image credit: Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

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