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Przegl Lek. 2009;66(1-2):27-33.

[What is parents' and medical health care specialists knowledge about vaccinations?].

[Article in Polish]

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  • 1Pediatryczna Poradnia Szczepień dla Dzieci z Grup Wysokiego Ryzyka, Wojewódzki Specjalistyczny Szpital Dzieciecy im. św. Ludwika w Krakowie. izabelat@mp.pl

Abstract

AIM:

The aim of the study was to become familiar with parents' and Medical Health Care specialists knowledge and attitude towards vaccinations. The influence of information, provided to patients from various sources, on general opinion about immunization and its coverage within the last year were evaluated.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Analysis of questionnaires about vaccinations performed among 151 parents and 180 Medical Health Care specialists.

RESULTS:

Medical Health Care specialists knowledge was considerably higher in comparison to questioned parents. Surprisingly enough, only approximately 90% of Medical Health Care workers knew about prophylaxis of Hib infections. A doctor is the main and the most reliable source of information for parents. Significant impact on parents' attitude to vaccinations is made not only by campaigns promoting vaccinations, but also by widespread opinions about their harmfulness.

CONCLUSIONS:

The doctor is the major source of reliable information about vaccinations for parents. Therefore, there is the need of continuous improvement of Medical Health Care specialists knowledge, but also the ability of successfully communicating it to parents.

PMID:
19485252
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