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Table 5 Parental reasons for lack of pertussis immunization despite recommendation, 2012 and 2013 study cohorts

From: Protecting newborns from pertussis – the challenge of complete cocooning

Parents not receiving immunization despite recommendation (N)a Birth year 2012 Birth year 2013 Overall
Mothers Fathers Subtotal Mothers Fathers Subtotal Total
(27) (25) (52) (67) (59) (126) (178)
  N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%)
Solicited reasons b        
   No opportunity 12 (44) 6 (24) 18 (35) 24 (36) 22 (37) 46 (37) 64 (36)
   Forgotten 7 (26) 10 (40) 17 (33) 14 (21) 15 (25) 29 (23) 46 (26)
   Perceived side effects 4 (15) 1 (4) 5 (10) 11 (16) 6 (10) 17 (13) 22 (12)
   Considered not important 2 (7) 4 (16) 6 (12) 5 (7) 8 (14) 13 (10) 19 (11)
   Doubts about effectiveness 2 (7) 1 (4) 3 (6) 6 (9) 6 (10) 12 (10) 15 (8)
   Cost 2 (7) 1 (4) 3 (6) 1 (1) 1 (2) 2 (2) 5 (3)
   Religious beliefs 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Unsolicited reasons b        
   Believed to be up to datec 4 (15) 2 (8) 6 (12) 9 (13) 4 (7) 13 (10) 19 (11)
   Recommendation came too late 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 5 (7) 3 (5) 8 (6) 8 (4)
   Recommendation not known 3 (11) 0 (0) 3 (6) 1 (1) 2 (3) 3 (2) 6 (3)
   Immunization discouraged by physician 1 (4) 1 (4) 2 (4) 3 (4) 1 (2) 4 (3) 6 (3)
   Immunization considered unnecessary 1 (4) 1 (4) 2 (4) 2 (3) 1 (2) 3 (2) 5 (3)
   Sceptical about immunizations 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (1) 2 (3) 3 (2) 3 (2)
   Recent tetanus immunization 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 4 (6) 1 (2) 5 (4) 5 (3)
   Risk of pertussis considered to be low 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 3 (4) 1 (2) 4 (3) 4 (2)
   Positive history of pertussis disease 0 (0) 1 (4) 1 (2) 1 (1) 1 (2) 2 (2) 3 (2)
   Breastfeeding 2 (7) N/A 2 (4) 1 (1) N/A 1 (0.8) N/A
   Other 2 (7) 3 (12) 5 (10) 6 (9) 4 (7) 10 (8) 13 (7)
  1. a27/67 mothers (2012/2013) and 24/53 fathers (2012/2013) indicated reasons.
  2. bOne or more reasons could be given.
  3. cOf which 9 parents (6 mothers and 3 fathers) actually were up to date.