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Knowledge, Attitude and Practice towards Immunizations among Mothers in a Traditional City in the United Arab Emirates

Roos M.D Bernsen, Fatmah R. Al-Zahmi, Noura A. Al-Ali, Rowayah O. Hamoudi, Noura A. Ali, John Schneider, Jamal Al-Mutawa, Michal Grivna
Published in : Journal of Medical Sciences ; Vol 4, No 3 (2011)
DOI : 10.2174/1996327001104030114


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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