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Parents Questioning Immunization: Evaluation of an Intervention

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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.

Keywords: brochures; exemptions; immunizations; intervention

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.33.3.7

Affiliations: 1 Behavioral Scientist, Immunization Service Division, National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta GA.

Publication date: May 1, 2009

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