Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Beliefs and Misconceptions about Vaccination]

INHOFF Edina1, GYERGYÁK Kinga1, ILLYÉS-KOVÁCS Anita1, LUKÁCS Erzsébet 1, TURCSÁN Judit1

AUGUST 30, 2020

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2020;33(4)

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[Vaccination is one of the most effective public health interventions against infectious diseases, especially against vaccine-preventable paediatric diseases. However, there are parents either delaying or refusing recommended childhood vaccination due to the fear of a ‘link’ between vaccinations and autism or other diseases. Religious objection is often used as an excuse to avoid the vaccination. Opposition to vaccination dates back to the Victorian age. Since the 18th century, fear and controversy accompanied the introduction of every new vaccine. This has been compounded, in recent years, by a decreased trust in the vaccine manufacturing or distributing institutions. Although healthcare professionals are cited as the most influential source by parents and adult population on vaccine decision-making, mistrust of vaccinations is already occurs among health workers. It is important for health professionals to be well informed, to able to persuade parents and the targeted population to vaccine.]

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