Saying no to childhood immunization : perceptions of mothers and health care professionals in Southern Alberta

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Vandenberg, Shannon Y.
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Health Sciences, c2013
The purpose of this grounded theory study was two-fold; first, to explore how mothers develop an understanding of childhood immunization which contributes to the decision¬making process resulting in a decision not to participate in immunization. Second, the perceptions of childhood immunization of health care professionals were also examined. The understanding and decision-making process of eight mothers was compared with the perceptions of twelve health care professionals. A number of themes were constructed from the research and a grounded theory was developed which emphasizes the importance of collaboration between non-immunizing mothers and health care professionals to promote positive health outcomes in children. The findings will assist health care professionals in understanding the factors contributing to the immunization decision-making process, which will subsequently support in delivering immunization programs. Recommendations to promote support and respect for parents' decision not to immunize their children, and assist in educating parents on immunization are also included.
xiii, 275 leaves ; 29 cm
Immunization , Immunization of children -- Alberta, Southern , Immunization of children -- Complications , Vaccines -- Health aspects , Vaccines -- Safety measures , Dissertations, Academic