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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases - Volume 12 2001, Issue 3, Pages 153-156

Original Article

Public Health Research Unit, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec Research Centre — Pavillon Centre Hospitalier de lUniversité Laval, Beauport, Canada

Montréal–Centre Public Health Department, Montréal, Canada

Ministry of Health and Social Services, Québec, Québec, Canada

Received 19 January 2000; Accepted 23 June 2000

Copyright © 2001 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


BACKGROUND: A chickenpox vaccine was recently licensed in Canada. Because this vaccine has caused some controversy within the health care profession, studies among Quebec parents and vaccine providers were carried out, surveying their opinions concerning chickenpox vaccination.

METHODS: Three studies among parents of preadolescents, parents of two-year-old children completely or incompletely vaccinated and vaccinators were completed. The studies asked for opinions concerning the usefulness of vaccinating children against chickenpox.

RESULTS: The majority of parents of preadolescents 56%, and parents of two-year-old children completely 64% and incompletely vaccinated 60% favoured chickenpox vaccination. Among vaccinators, 53% of paediatricians, 37% of general practitioners and 33% of nurses considered universal vaccination of young children to be useful. A greater proportion of health care professionals were in favour of a policy of vaccinating groups at risk, such as susceptible adolescents 86%, 75% and 58%, respectively. There was a positive association between the perceived severity of chickenpox and the potential usefulness of the vaccine.

CONCLUSION: Quebec parents are more favourably disposed to chickenpox vaccine than vaccine providers. In contrast, strategies targeting susceptible groups would be generally well received by health care professionals. A considerable amount of work will be needed to convince vaccinators of the benefits of a universal childhood vaccination against chickenpox.

Author: Nicole Boulianne, Bernard Duval, Gaston De Serres, Geneviève Deceuninck, Marc Dionne, John Carsley, Louise Valiquette, and Richa

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