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Table 2 Parental knowledge on vaccination

From: Brief report: Parental attitudes and knowledge on routine childhood immunization: an experience from Central Sri Lanka

Statement Correct/yes Incorrect/no Do not know
General
 Vaccine provides nutritional supplement 51 (36.2%) 69 (48.9%) 21 (14.9%)
 Vaccines are growth factors 90 (63.8%) 36 (25.5%) 15 (10.6%)
 Vaccines are given to prevent infectious diseases 134 (95.0%) 5 (3.5%) 2 (1.4%)
 Vaccines help the brain development of children 84 (59.6%) 36 (25.5%) 21 (14.9%)
 Vaccine prevent non-communicable diseases 75 (53.2%) 46 (32.6%) 20 (14.2%)
 Vaccinating your child indirectly prevent other children from getting the same disease 53 (36.9%) 76 (53.9%) 13 (9.2%)
Vaccines included in the Sri Lankan EPI include
 Oral polio vaccine (OPV) 134 (95.0%) 1 (0.7%) 6 (4.3%)
 Pentavalent vaccine 59 (41.8%) 17 (12.1%) 65 (46.1%)
 Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine 120 (85.1%) 10 (7.1%) 11 (7.8%)
 Japanese encephalitis (JE) vaccine 100 (70.9%) 9 (6.4%) 32 (22.7%)
 Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine 39 (27.7%) 22 (15.6%) 80 (56.7%)
 Influenza vaccine 68 (48.2%) 29 (20.6%) 44 (31.2%)
 Varicella zoster vaccine 99 (70.2%) 22 (15.6%) 20 (14.2%)
 Rabies vaccine 53 (37.6%) 74 (52.5%) 14 (9.9%)
 Hepatitis A vaccine 64 (45.4%) 20 (14.2%) 57 (40.4%)
Matched first dose of the vaccine
 OPV—2 months 97 (68.8%) 30 (21.3%) 14 (9.9%)
 Pentavalent vaccine—4 months 42 (29.8%) 8 (5.7%) 91 (64.5%)
 MMR vaccine—12 months 53 (37.6%) 26 (18.4%) 62 (44.0%)
 JE vaccine—12 months 44 (31.2%) 17 (12.1%) 80 (56.7%)
 HPV vaccine—10 years 12 (8.5%) 11 (7.8%) 118 (83.7%)
Do you take your child for vaccination if he or she had the following conditions
 Cold 21 (14.9%) 116 (82.3%) 4 (2.8%)
 Fever 9 (6.4%) 129 (91.5%) 3 (2.1%)
 Diarrhoea 19 (13.5%) 101 (71.6%) 21 (14.9%)
If a vaccine dose is missed
 That vaccine should be avoided for life 17 (12.1%) 110 (78.0%) 14 (9.9%)
 Vaccination schedule should be re-started from the beginning 21 (14.9%) 99 (70.2%) 21 (14.9%)
 The required action will depend on the vaccine 88 (62.4%) 17 (12.1%) 36 (25.5%)
 The required action will depend on the reason for the missed dose 82 (58.2%) 20 (14.2%) 39 (27.7%)
 Attend the next available routine clinic and seek medical advise 135 (95.7%) 0 6 (4.3%)