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dc.contributor.authorTaddio, Anna
dc.contributor.authorIpp, Moshe
dc.contributor.authorThivakaran, Suganthan
dc.contributor.authorJamal, Ali
dc.contributor.authorParikh, Chaitya
dc.contributor.authorSmart, Sarah
dc.contributor.authorSovran, Julia
dc.contributor.authorStephens, Derek
dc.contributor.authorKatz, Joel
dc.identifier.citationTaddio, A., Ipp, M., Stephens, D., Sovran, J., Do, K., Thivakaran, S., Jamal, A., Parikh, C., Smart, S., & Katz, J. (2012). Survey of prevalence of immunization non-compliance due to needle fears in children and adults. Vaccine, 30(32), 4807-12. Epub 2012 May 19. 2012.
dc.description.abstractNeedle fears are a documented barrier to immunization in children and adults. There is a paucity of data, however, regarding the prevalence of needle fears and their impact on immunization compliance. In this cross-sectional survey, a convenience sample of parents (n = 883) and children (n = 1024) attending a public museum in Toronto, Canada answered questions about needle fears and non-compliance with immunization due to needle fear. Altogether, 24% of parents and 63% of children reported a fear of needles. Needle fear was the primary reason for immunization non-compliance for 7% and 8% of parents and children, respectively. Interventions aimed at improving education about, and access to, analgesic interventions during immunization injections performed in childhood are recommended in order to prevent the development of needle fears and vaccine non-compliance.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipFunding for this study was obtained from miscellaneous funds held by Dr. Taddio and Dr. Katz. The OSC provided facilities and advertising for the study. There was no involvement of the funding agencies in the study design, collection, analysis, and interpretation of data, writing report and decision to submit.
dc.subjectNeedle fear; Immunization compliance; Pain management Surveyen_US
dc.titleSurvey of the prevalence of immunization non-compliance due to needle fears in children and adults

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