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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 114-121

Knowledge, attitude and practice towards immunizations among mothers in a traditional city in the united arab emirates

Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE

Correspondence Address:
Roos M Bernsen
United Arab Emirates University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Department of Community Medicine P.O. Box 17666 Al Ain
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Background: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a high coverage of childhood immunizations, but since coverage highly depends on the knowledge and attitude of mothers, it is important to assess these in a rapidly developing and changing society. Methods: The survey enrolled 217 women attending maternity clinics in Al Ain, a traditional desert city in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE and estimated the prevalence of a positive attitude towards immunizations. Knowledge and attitude variables as well as factors related to these variables were explored. Results: Having a positive attitude towards immunizations was prevalent in 93% of mothers. Three factors significantly related to a positive attitude arose: knowledge, education and Arab nationality. Three factors associated with knowledge also arose: education, receipt of information on immunizations from health professionals and, again, Arab nationality. Conclusion: Despite the currently highly prevalent positive attitude towards immunizations in the United Arab Emirates, information by health professionals should focus more on parents with lower education and those of non-Arab nationality.

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