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Refusal towards vaccination: a survey among Malay parents

Mohamad Diah, Nurazzura and Samsudin, Suhaiza and Rehman, Adeela and Sedu, Nerawi (2019) Refusal towards vaccination: a survey among Malay parents. In: 8th Putrajaya International Conference on Children, Women, Elderly and People with Disabilities (PICCWED 8), Bangi Resort Hotel, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.

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Vaccination is a preventive solution for children to protect them from infectious diseases. Although it is good immunization for children, some parents are reluctant about immunizing their children. The study attempts to identify the socio-cultural determinants of parental refusal for vaccination which may have influenced the uptake of vaccination. This study employed a survey method. A sample of 80 parents including both mothers and fathers who have children between the ages of one to 12 years old were recruited. The participants were selected via the random sampling technique. The questionnaire was distributed through email and on social media. Data were analysed using SPSS. The results indicate that 58% of parents refused to vaccinate their children. Although parents are aware of the importance of vaccines, they refused to adopt them due to the perception that vaccination is unhygienic in nature and is considered unhealthy for their children. They also believed that other preventive methods are better than vaccination. The findings also illustrate significant positive correlation between parents’ educational level and their attitude towards vaccine refusal.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 2612/73243
Uncontrolled Keywords: Children; Culture; Health; Immunization; Vaccine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Communication
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Family Medicine (Effective: 1st January 2011)
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2019 12:08
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2020 04:06
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/73243

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