What do the Ukrainian parents think about the vaccination schedule, whether future mothers are going to vaccinate their children and how many parents who strongly oppose to vaccinate their child, read on UAUA.info.
Attitudes towards immunization in modern society are different. And if in the West practically no one doubts the benefits of routine vaccination, in Ukraine many parents try to avoid vaccination by hook or by crook. In 2008, there was a surge in the anti-vaccination program and mass refusals of vaccination began. Collective immunity has decreased to 50% (whereas, as to protect against infection, it should be at least 90%).
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Public organization “Parents for vaccination” in February 2016 conducted a survey among 100 pregnant women regarding their attitude to vaccination.
Pregnant women were asked if they were planning to vaccinate their baby. And also asked to justify their choice.
Attitude of expectant mothers to vaccination:
19% were against vaccination, explaining this decision with a principled position on vaccination or the lack of quality vaccines in Ukraine.
12% indicated that they would be vaccinated later — after the child reached a certain age (the age was 6 months, 1 year, 3 years). The main argument in favor of this decision was stated - “a child’s own immunity must be formed”.
20% plan to do vaccinations, but not all, considering some vaccines ineffective and unnecessary.
26% - plan to do vaccinations, noting that vaccination protects the child and it is better to prevent the disease than to treat it.
23% - have not decided whether they will vaccinate a child, noting that they have not thought about this issue yet and have not received information regarding vaccinations.
The main children's immunologist in Kiev, associate professor of the Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Children's Immunology of the National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education named after P. L.Shupika, Candidate of Medical Sciences Fedor Ivanovich Lapiy at a meeting organized by the Public Organization "Parents for Vaccination" for mothers, commented on the important role of vaccination in shaping immunity:
“In the book“ Peter Pen ”, Wendy’s father after her birth consults with the girl’s mother if they can contain her — after all, there are so many diseases in the world - measles, mumps, whooping cough ... Previously, only 2 out of 10 children lived to be 2 years old. 100 years ago they were treated at random, rational medicine appeared a little later.
It was vaccination that helped eradicate smallpox throughout the world. Now our children are no longer being vaccinated against smallpox, but our parents have a hem from this vaccination on their hand.
Vaccinations and the polio vaccine can also disappear from the planned calendar - when it will be possible to defeat this virus all over the world. Vaccination allows you to acquaint the body with the infection and develop immunity. Vaccines use the natural ability of the human body to learn, allow you to understand how to destroy almost any pathogens or microbes that attack it. Moreover, the body “remembers” how it is possible to protect against the microbes that it has encountered before. ”
Today, according to WHO, monitoring of infectious diseases suggests that worldwide 3,000,000 deaths per year could be avoided with vaccines.
In order for parents to make the right decision regarding vaccination, they need to be provided with reliable information, to make vaccination publicly available and to eliminate the shortage of vaccines in polyclinics. This is the task that the Parents for Vaccination NGO sets itself. Children are entitled to protection.