Journal article

Parental attitudes, beliefs, behaviours and concerns towards childhood vaccinations in Australia: A national online survey

Maria Yui Kwan Chow, Margie Danchin, Harold W Willaby, Sonya Pemberton, Julie Leask

AUSTRALIAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Vaccine hesitancy is a public health concern. The objectives of this article were to describe Australian parents' attitudes, behaviours and concerns about vaccination, determine the factors associated with vaccination non-compliance, and provide sources of vaccination information for general practitioners (GPs). METHODS: We conducted a nationally representative online survey of Australian parents in 2012. We determined associations between demo-graphic and vaccination attitudes and behaviour. RESULTS: The 452 respondents were parents of children aged DISCUSSION: GPs have pivotal roles in addressing concerns regarding vaccination. Education and communication with parents will impr..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The survey was funded by Genepool Productions, SBS Australia and Screen Australia with in-kind contribution from Australia Online Research, the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS). Julie Leask is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellowship. NCIRS is supported by the Department of Health and Ageing, the NSW Department of Health and the Children's Hospital at Westmead. The data was collected for use by the NCIRS, and to inform the television documentary Jabbed: Love, fear and vaccines broadcast on SBS on 26 May 2013.