Next Article in Journal
Cerebral edema and its treatment
Previous Article in Journal
The peculiarities of use of addictive substances among students during 2005–2006
Medicina is published by MDPI from Volume 54 Issue 1 (2018). Previous articles were published by another publisher in Open Access under a CC-BY (or CC-BY-NC-ND) licence, and they are hosted by MDPI on as a courtesy and upon agreement with Lithuanian Medical Association, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, and Vilnius University.
Font Type:
Arial Georgia Verdana
Font Size:
Aa Aa Aa
Line Spacing:
Column Width:

Parental attitudes towards children’s vaccination

Kęstutis Žagminas
Genė Šurkienė
Natalija Urbanovič
Rimantas Stukas
Institute of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Medicina 2007, 43(2), 161;
Submission received: 30 August 2006 / Accepted: 8 January 2007 / Published: 13 January 2007


Objective. To assess parental attitudes and knowledge about children’s vaccination. Methods. In this study, 20 day-care centers, 25 schools, and 6 health centers were randomly selected in Vilnius, and an anonymous survey of 2743 parents was conducted. Females made up 85.2% of all respondents, males –14.8%; the mean age was 35.7 years.
. Two-thirds of respondents (66.7%) agreed that vaccines for children’s immunization are safe; 80.7% stated that vaccination is more beneficial than harmful. Only 16.9% of parents indicated that vaccines cause adverse events more frequently than other medical treatment, 62.7% that vaccines are amongst the most effective and least costly forms of medical treatment, and 35.9% that vaccines always warrant protection. Majority of parents agreed that children’s vaccination is essential (89.0%), and children should be vaccinated regularly according schedule (88.6%). Only 30.1% of respondents agreed with the idea of taking a newly developed vaccine even if it has been carefully tested for safety; 42.3% of respondents could afford to pay for nonreimbursed vaccines. On an average, 38.0% of respondents know that they should be revaccinated every 10 years against diphtheria and tetanus, 61.3% have never been vaccinated against influenza. The main sources of information on vaccination are medical institutions (92.2%), print media (38.1%), and broadcast media (38.2%).
. While most of respondents can be characterized as having a positive opinion about vaccination, 20–40% of respondents indicated insufficient knowledge on this issue. For implementing the new vaccines, communication efforts should focus on clarifying correct parental beliefs about immunization. Vaccines for child should be reimbursed on the same basis as other medical treatment. Vaccination of adult and risk groups should be emphasized in the national vaccination program.
Keywords: knowledge; attitude; children’s vaccination knowledge; attitude; children’s vaccination

Share and Cite

MDPI and ACS Style

Žagminas, K.; Šurkienė, G.; Urbanovič, N.; Stukas, R. Parental attitudes towards children’s vaccination. Medicina 2007, 43, 161.

AMA Style

Žagminas K, Šurkienė G, Urbanovič N, Stukas R. Parental attitudes towards children’s vaccination. Medicina. 2007; 43(2):161.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Žagminas, Kęstutis, Genė Šurkienė, Natalija Urbanovič, and Rimantas Stukas. 2007. "Parental attitudes towards children’s vaccination" Medicina 43, no. 2: 161.

Article Metrics

Back to TopTop