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Qual Health Res. 2016 Feb;26(3):411-25. doi: 10.1177/1049732315573207. Epub 2015 Feb 23.

"Nature Does Things Well, Why Should We Interfere?": Vaccine Hesitancy Among Mothers.

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Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec, Québec City, Québec, Canada
Institut national de santé publique du Québec, Québec City, Québec, Canada.
CHU de Sherbrooke, Québec City, Québec, Canada.
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada.
Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada.


Parents' decision to use vaccination services is complex and multi-factorial. Of particular interest are "vaccine-hesitant" parents who are in the middle of the continuum between vaccine acceptance and refusal. The objective of this qualitative longitudinal study was to better understand why mothers choose to vaccinate-or not-their newborns. Fifty-six pregnant mothers living in different areas of Quebec (Canada) were interviewed. These interviews gathered information on mothers' views about health and vaccination. Almost half of the mothers were categorized as vaccine-hesitant. A second interview was conducted with these mothers 3 to 11 months after birth to look at their actual decision and behavior concerning vaccination. Our results show the heterogeneity of factors influencing vaccine decision making. Although the majority of vaccine-hesitant mothers finally chose to follow the recommended vaccine schedule for their child, they were still ambivalent and they continued to question their decision.


decision making; immunization; interviews; longitudinal studies; mothers, mothering

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