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Maternal Perceptions of Childhood Vaccination: Explanations of Reasons for and against Vaccination

Maternal Perceptions of Childhood Vaccination: Explanations of Reasons for and against Vaccination

Author: 
Deborah A. McNeil
Melissa Mueller
Shannon MacDonald
Sheila McDonald
Vineet Saini
James D. Kellner
Suzanne Tough
Publication Date
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Affiliation: 

Alberta Health Services (McNeil, Mueller, McDonald, Saini); University of Calgary (McNeil, MacDonald, Tough); Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute (McNeil, McDonald, Kellner); University of Alberta Edmonton (MacDonald); University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Saini); University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine (McDonald, Kellner)

In the hope of supporting the design of vaccination campaigns and informing other interventions to increase vaccination uptake in Canada, researchers undertook a study to examine how do mothers with infants up to 24 months explain their decisions to vaccinate, not vaccinate, or not fully vaccinate their children. They observe that vaccination decision making includes a spectrum from complete refusal to confident acceptance. Parental vaccination decision making involves cognitive, psychosocial, and political factors influenced by scientific, cultural, and media environments. There continues to be a knowledge gap in how to best increase vaccination rates.

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BMC Public Health 2019 19:49. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-6338-0

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