Vecchie E Nuove Fonti Di Informazione Sulle vaccinazioni: Un Campo Da Presidiare

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Old And New Sources Of Information On Vaccinations: A Field To Monitor

Gualtiero Ricciardi, Umberto Moscato, Andrea Poscia, Benedetto Simone, Chiara De Waure, Agnese Collamati, Giovanna Giannetti, A Di Giovanni

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[Autom. eng. transl.] Incorrect information concerning health can lead citizens to negative choices that, in the case of vaccinations, can have repercussions not only on the individual, but on the entire community. The growing influence of the new media, the internet in the first place, and the interaction of these with traditional information methods can increase this risk. The aim of this work is to investigate how to access information on vaccinations in a sample of Roman citizens. An anonymous questionnaire of 26 questions was administered between 11 April and 25 May to a random sample of parents belonging to 8 paediatricians of choice in 2 polyclinics of the ASL RME. The response rate was 76%, for a total of 108 returned questionnaires. All respondents declare that they have carried out compulsory vaccinations for their children and at least one of the recommended ones. Only 74% of the sample attended a birth preparation course: among these only 23% of parents were recommended vaccinations, while in 10% a position was not taken or were even advised against and in 66% are not information on this has been provided. Pediatricians represent the main source of information (97%) both during pregnancy and after the birth of the child and provide information strongly in favor of vaccination in 79% of cases, neutral or opposite in 18% (in the remaining 3% vaccination topic was not discussed with its clients). Only 16% use the internet, claiming to be affected in 13% of cases. In this case the percentage of contrary or neutral information regarding vaccinations rises to 50%. The present study, although conducted on a limited sample, shows how the Internet constitutes for parents a possible source of information, often contrary, on the subject of vaccinations, although still secondary and of little influence compared to the relationship with the trusted pediatrician. The significant percentage of parents who have not received information or received neutral or even contrary to vaccinations underlines the need to focus more on pre-natal courses as fundamental appointments to correctly inform future parents, but at the same time highlight the need for operators of public health to oversee the new communication methods, in particular through the network.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Old And New Sources Of Information On Vaccinations: A Field To Monitor
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationAtti della 45th National Public Health Conference
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event45°Congresso Nazionale S.I.T.I - Cagliari
Duration: 3 Oct 20126 Oct 2012


Conference45°Congresso Nazionale S.I.T.I


  • vaccinazione

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