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Am J Health Behav. 2009 May-Jun;33(3):287-98.

Parents questioning immunization: evaluation of an intervention.

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National Center for Immunaizations and Respiratory Diseases, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA. dgust@cdc.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To compare attitudes of parents who filed or considered filing an exemption to school immunization requirements and/or would not have their child immunized if it were not required by law (cases) to controls. To develop and evaluate a brochure intervention for parents considering an exemption.

METHODS:

Interviews, focus groups, mailed surveys.

RESULTS:

Cases had more negative attitudes about vaccines than controls did. Although the brochure did not significantly improve parents' immunization attitudes compared to controls, most parents who received the intervention reported a positive impression.

CONCLUSIONS:

A science-based educational intervention for parents considering a vaccine exemption may help improve parents' opinions of childhood vaccines.

PMID:
19063650
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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