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Research Paper | Medical Science | Saudi Arabia | Volume 11 Issue 10, October 2022
Parental Knowledge Levels, Attitudes, and Practices Regarding Childhood Vaccination: A Cross-Sectional Study in Riyadh City, Saudi Arabia
Abdullah Saleh Al Saleh
Abstract: Background: The widespread availability and use of vaccines have tremendously reduced morbidity, mortality, and health care costs associated with infectious diseases among children. However, some misconceptions about vaccination prevent some parents from vaccinating their children. This misconception is primarily due to a lack of knowledge and awareness regarding childhood vaccination. Objective: The goal of the present study is to evaluate parents' knowledge levels and attitudes toward the vaccination of their children in Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia. Method: A cross-sectional study was conducted at the National Guard Comprehensive Specialized Clinic in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The study population consisted of 517 parents-child pairs attending the Well Baby Clinic. Data was collected by direct interview using a predesigned questionnaire. Results: Of the 517 parents in this study, 374 (72.3%) had good knowledge of childhood immunization. Their age and number of children were significantly associated with having good knowledge. Almost all parents (500, 96.8%) exhibited positive attitudes. Conclusion: Parents have good knowledge and positive attitudes toward child immunization. However, a few misconceptions require more education.
Keywords: parents, knowledge, attitude, childhood immunization
Edition: Volume 11 Issue 10, October 2022,
Pages: 1086 - 1090
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