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Parental attitudes, beliefs, behaviours and concerns towards childhood vaccinations in Australia: a national online survey

1 Mar 2017
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Background

Vaccine hesitancy is a public health concern. The objectives of this article were to describe Australian parents’ attitudes, behaviours and concerns about vaccination, determine the factors associated with vaccination non-compliance, and provide sources of vaccination information for general practitioners (GPs).

Methods

We conducted a nationally representative online survey of Australian parents in 2012. We determined associations between demo-graphic and vaccination attitudes and behaviour.

Results

The 452 respondents were parents of children aged <18 years. Despite 92% reporting their child as up to date with vaccination, 52% had concerns. Factors associated with non-compliance included ‘disagreeing that vaccines are safe’ (odds ratio [OR]: 2.79; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.00–7.76) and ‘obtaining information from alternative health practitioners’ (OR: 6.54; 95% CI: 1.71-25.00). The vast majority (83%) obtained vaccination information from their GPs.

Discussion

GPs have pivotal roles in addressing concerns regarding vaccination. Education and communication with parents will improve their knowledge and trust in vaccination, thereby improving vaccination compliance.

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2017
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