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J Paediatr Child Health. 2008 Oct;44(10):541-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2008.01334.x. Epub 2008 Jun 18.

Secrets to success: a qualitative study of perceptions of childhood immunisations in a highly immunised population.

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  • 1Department of Nursing Studies, University of Hong Kong, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, Hong Kong, China. tarrantm@hku.hk

Abstract

AIM:

The aim of this study was to explore childhood immunisations with a sample of parents from a population where children have high vaccination coverage and to identify factors which might encourage uptake in other populations.

METHODS:

This research was conducted as part of a larger study on childhood immunisations in Hong Kong. In-depth interviews were conducted with a subsample of parents (n = 15) to further explore general perceptions and health beliefs about childhood immunisations. Interview data were analysed using content analysis techniques.

RESULTS:

Three core themes emerged from the data: individual influences factors, family and social factors, and system factors. [Correction added after online publication 21/8/08: sentence corrected from "Four core themes emerged from the data: individual influences, family influences and system influences."] Parents readily admitted knowledge deficits concerning childhood vaccines but believed that the benefits of immunisation outweighed the risks. Family members and peers were a source of pro-immunisation advice and comprehensive public health programmes and mandatory vaccination requirements for school entry ensured that childhood immunisation recommendations were followed.

CONCLUSIONS:

Overall, Hong Kong parents are highly supportive of immunisation programmes and insight gained from this study could prove helpful to providers trying to improve uptake rates among other populations.

PMID:
18564075
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