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Table 2 Attitudes about vaccines among TeenVaxScene users

From: Characteristics of users of a tailored, interactive website for parents and its impact on adolescent vaccination attitudes and uptake

Statement % (n) agree or strongly agree
General attitudes, n = 65
 I think vaccines may cause short-term problems (example: fever or pain) 42 (27)
 I think vaccines may cause serious long term health problems for [child’s name] 15 (10)
 Many of my friends are not getting their children vaccinated 9 (6)
 Having [child’s name]’s doctor recommend a vaccine is one of the most important factors in deciding to get [him/her] vaccinated 69 (45)
 I worry that vaccines may cause more health problems for [child’s name] than benefit 20 (13)
HPV vaccine, n = 42
 I worry that [child’s name] may be at risk for genital warts, [(female): cervical cancer or other cancers related to HPV] OR [(male): cancers related to HPV, or may transmit the infection to others] 17 (7)
 I worry that the HPV vaccine will give [child’s name] the HPV virus 4 (2)
 I worry that [child’s name] will have reproductive problems if he/she gets the HPV vaccine 7 (3)
 I worry that the HPV vaccine will cause immune problems for [child’s name] 7 (3)
 I worry that if [[child’s name] got the HPV vaccine, then [he/she] would get neurologic problems] or [his/her neurologic problems would worsen] 9 (4)
 I don’t think [my son] would get much benefit from getting the HPV vaccinea 10 (2)
 I think that giving the HPV vaccine to [child’s name] may make [him or her] think it is OK to have sexb 23 (9)
 I think [child’s name] is too young to get a vaccine for a sexually transmitted infection like HPVb 23 (9)
 I am concerned that the HPV vaccine costs more than I can payb 13 (5)
 The HPV vaccine is so new that I want to wait a while before deciding if [child’s name] should get itc 27 (10)
 I need more information about the HPV vaccine before deciding whether or not to give [child’s name] the vaccinec 27 (10)
 Many of my friends are against giving the HPV vaccine to adolescentsc 7 (3)
 I would regret it if [child’s name] did not get the vaccine and later got a health problem related to HPVc 68 (25)
Tdap vaccine, n = 14
 I worry that [child’s name] may get tetanus 1 day 35 (5)
 I worry that [child’s name] may be exposed to pertussis (whooping cough) 43 (6)
 I worry that the Tdap vaccine is not safe for [child’s name] 21 (3)
 I think that giving [child’s name] the Tdap vaccine is more harmful to [him/her] than not giving it 21 (3)
 I would have [child’s name] get the Tdap vaccine because it is required by [his/her] school 64 (9)
Meningococcal vaccine, n = 22
 I worry that [child’s name] may be at risk for getting meningitis 14 (3)
 I worry that the meningococcal vaccine is not safe for [child’s name] 14 (3)
 I think that giving [child’s name] the meningococcal vaccine is more harmful to [him/her] than not giving it 10 (2)
 I would have [child’s name] get the meningococcal vaccine because it is required by [his/her] school 55 (12)
 I worry that if [child’s name] got the meningococcal vaccine, then [[he/she] would get neurologic problems] or [his/her neurologic problems would worsen] 10 (2)
Flu vaccine, n = 18
 I worry that [child’s name] may be at risk for getting the flu 24 (6)
 I think the flu vaccine can cause [child’s name] to get the flu 34 (6)
 I worry that if [child’s name]got the flu vaccine [he/she would get neurologic problems or his/her neurologic problems would worsen] 22 (4)
 I don’t think the flu vaccine is safe 16 (3)
 It is a hassle to get this vaccine every year 16 (3)
 I think it is better for [child’s name] to have the flu than get the flu vaccine 11 (2)
  1. The number of respondents changes for each section as parents were only asked about vaccines they reported their adolescent had not received previously. All parents received the general vaccination attitudes questions. Bracketed responses denote tailoring of the question to the child’s gender and/or neurologic status
  2. aOnly respondents with sons were provided with this question, n = 19
  3. bOnly 40 respondents answered this question
  4. cOnly 37 respondents answered this question