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Knowledge and attitudes towards vaccines and immunization among adolescents in South Africa.
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PMID:  20543585     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Despite evidence showing their benefits, routine adolescent immunization programmes are still lacking across Africa. In 2008 we conducted a qualitative study of adolescents' knowledge and attitudes towards immunization in a peri-urban community in South Africa. Results show that while vaccination as a concept is acceptable amongst adolescents, low levels of knowledge about vaccines, the process of being vaccinated, as well as unfamiliarity with the concept of preventative medicine in general will likely hinder achieving high and equitable routine adolescent immunization coverage. Effective educational programs and integrated adolescent healthcare strategies will be critical to delivering successful immunization services to this group.
Authors:
Simona Zipursky; Charles Shey Wiysonge; Gregory Hussey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-06-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Human vaccines     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1554-8619     ISO Abbreviation:  Hum Vaccin     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101265291     Medline TA:  Hum Vaccin     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  455-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
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