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Public acceptance and willingness to hepatitis a vaccination in children aged 7-18 years in Republic of Korea

Title
Public acceptance and willingness to hepatitis a vaccination in children aged 7-18 years in Republic of Korea
Authors
Kong K.A.Yoon S.H.Cho S.J.Kim H.W.Kim K.-H.
Ewha Authors
김경효조수진김한울공경애
SCOPUS Author ID
김경효scopus; 조수진scopus; 김한울scopus; 공경애scopusscopus
Issue Date
2014
Journal Title
Journal of Korean medical science
ISSN
1598-6357JCR Link
Citation
vol. 29, no. 11, pp. 1528 - 1535
Keywords
AdolescentChildrenHepatitis AVaccinationWillingness
Indexed
SCI; SCIE; SCOPUS; KCI WOS scopus
Abstract
Hepatitis A can cause serious illness among adolescents and adults with low vaccination coverage. Even though hepatitis A vaccine is one of the strong candidates for Korean national immunization program, adolescents aged older than 12 yr would not benefit. Our purpose was to assess the willingness and analyze the correlates of Korean mothers for hepatitis A (HepA) vaccination to develop strategies for HepA vaccination. A national telephone survey on 800 mothers with children aged 7-18 yr was conducted with random-digit dialing method. Sixty-two percent and 92% of the mothers reported that they were willing to HepA vaccination at current cost and at half of the current cost, respectively. However, at current cost, only 79% wished to vaccinate their child in an epidemic and 32% wished to vaccinate promptly. Having two or more children, not having future plans to send the child overseas, and low family income were significantly associated with not willing to HepA vaccination. Low perception of the susceptibility for hepatitis A and perception of the current cost as barrier increased the odds of unwillingness to vaccination at current cost and to prompt vaccination. The mothers' willingness to HepA vaccination for the children aged 7-18 yr in Korea was not very high at current cost and associated socioeconomic status and health-belief. Targeted intervention or strategies are needed to increase the HepA vaccination rate among children in Korea.
DOI
10.3346/jkms.2014.29.11.1528
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