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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. International Journal for Studies on Children, Women, Elderly and Disabled People, 7. pp. 11-16. E-ISSN 0128-309X

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Abstract

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 analyzed 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: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2612/73862
Uncontrolled Keywords: children, culture, health, immunization, vaccine
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1176 Social influence. Social pressure
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM621 Culture
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM831 Social change
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ503 The family. Marriage. Home
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA644.3 Public Health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine - Chronic and Noninfectious Diseases and Public Health
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Communication
Kulliyyah of Medicine
Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Family Medicine (Effective: 1st January 2011)
Depositing User: DR NURAZZURA MOHAMAD DIAH
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2019 16:40
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2019 16:40
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/73862

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