Acceptance of vaccination
de Vriend, C.
van Keulen, H.
de Melker, H.E.
Schurink-van ‘t Klooster, T.M. (editor)
de Melker, T.M. (editor)
Both in 2013 and 2015 the mean intention of parents to vaccinate their child was high. Only 21% of parents reported making an informed decision about childhood vaccinations included in the NIP. Mass media attention on the use of allegedly inferior needles, which was later refuted, appeared to have a negative impact on mothers’ attitudes and intention towards HPV vaccination for their daughters. Transparency by authorities had a preventive impact on this effect. HPV vaccination campaigns for non-Dutch parents should focus on the same aspects as for Dutch parents. However, delivery of the intervention should be tailored to different cultural backgrounds. The RIVM started to conduct studies within the project group ‘extra vaccinations customised’ to improve insight into the acceptance and information needs of the public and professionals with regard to vaccines that are available but not (yet) part of the NIP. With regard to the acceptance of vaccinations for the elderly, older adults themselves, general practitioners and elderly care specialists showed a generally positive attitude. Awareness of the existence of vaccination against pneumococcal disease, herpes zoster, and pertussis could be improved, as well as knowledge about the individual health benefits that can be achieved with these vaccines. With regard to maternal pertussis vaccination, the RIVM started to conduct studies to explore the information needs of pregnant women and professionals to develop communication materials for these groups. Studies about the determinants of the intention to get vaccinated against HPV among boys, their parents and young gay and bisexual men were conducted in order to prepare for the possible implementation of HPV vaccinations in these groups in the future.
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Healthy for Life
The National Immunisation Programme in the Netherlands: Surveillance and developments in 2015-2016, 50-59