Factors influencing MMR vaccination decisions following a mumps outbreak on a university campus

Hamilton-West, Kate E. (2006) Factors influencing MMR vaccination decisions following a mumps outbreak on a university campus. Vaccine, 24 (24). pp. 5183-5191. ISSN 0264-410X . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Following a number of mumps outbreaks in universities and colleges, the UK Health Protection Agency has suggested that it is appropriate to consider offering the MMR vaccine in these settings. However, little is known about the factors associated with uptake of the MMR jab or perceptions of risks/benefits of the vaccine among higher education students. The current study focused on a sample of students offered the MMR vaccine following an outbreak of mumps on a university campus. Perceptions of risks/benefits of the vaccine varied considerably and students were unlikely to have the jab when perceived risks of immunising were equivalent to perceived risks of not immunising. Results suggest that public health interventions should address students' attitudes towards the vaccine, perceptions of peer expectations, and perceptions of barriers to uptake. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Ros Beeching
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2008 11:15
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 15:38
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4319 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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