-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Parent responses on a
survey about childhood vaccinations can help predict whether their
youngsters will receive recommended immunizations, a new study
Researchers gave the Parent Attitudes About Childhood Vaccines
survey to parents who had 2-month-old children and belonged to an
integrated health care delivery system in Seattle. The survey was
scored on a scale of zero to 100, with 100 indicating extreme
reluctance about childhood vaccines.
The children's immunization status was measured as the
percentage of days from birth to 19 months of age that they should
have been immunized but were not.
In the study, published online Sept. 23 in the journal
JAMA Pediatrics, higher survey scores were associated with
under-immunization. Compared to parents who scored less than 50 on
the survey, those who scored 50 to 69 had children who were
under-immunized for 8.3 percent more days, and those who scored 70
to 100 had children who were under-immunized for 46.8 percent more
"Our results suggest that [survey] scores validly predict which parents will have under-immunized children," said Dr. Douglas Opel, of the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Research Institute, and colleagues in a journal news release.
It is always better to vaccinate a child and prevent a disease
than to treat it, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention. Thanks to vaccines, many once-common infectious
diseases, including polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping
cough) and mumps, have been controlled. Not vaccinating children
puts them and the people around them at risk of catching infectious
diseases, according to the CDC.
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