Evaluation of parents’ knowledge of mandatory and recommended vaccinations for children in the city of Zielona Góra, taking into account medical and non-medical professions

Original Article, Pol J Public Health, Vol. 133 (2023): 22-26

Agnieszka Sara Skrzypek1, Elżbieta Grzywacz2, Jolanta Chmielowiec3, Jolanta Masiak4,
Michał Sosnowski5, Rafał Mazur1, Krzysztof Chmielowiec3

Student Scientific Association “SALUS”, Collegium Medicum, University of Zielona Góra, Poland

2 Student Scientific Club of Department of Oral Surgery, Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin, Poland

3 Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Collegium Medicum, University of Zielona Góra, Poland

4 II Department of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Medical University of Lublin, Poland

5 Clinical Psychologist Westpomeranian Institute of Psychotherapy, Szczecin, Poland


DOI_disc_logo 10.12923/2083-4829/2023-0005

© 2023  Medical University of Lublin. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonComercial-No Derivs licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/)

Abstract

All children born and temporarily residing in Poland are required to be vaccinated. Parents have a choice between free vaccines, which are funded by the state budget, and recommended multivalent vaccines for which they have to pay. The number of parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated remains relatively low. Unfortunately, the percentage of unvaccinated children increases every year, despite the best efforts of healthcare professionals and comprehensive public health education. It can be assumed that the reason for the increasing number of refusals to vaccinate children is the lack of knowledge of vaccination demonstrated by their parents and guardians.

The study was conducted in 2022 using a proprietary, anonymous survey of 138 parents who had their children vaccinated.

 

Keywords: knowledge, vaccination, medical staff, adverse post-vaccination reaction.

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