Information scanning and vaccine safety concerns among African American, Mexican American, and non-Hispanic White women

Meghan Bridgid Moran, Lauren B. Frank, Joyee S. Chatterjee, Sheila T. Murphy, Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati

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Abstract

Objective: A significant number of parents delay or refuse vaccinating their children. Incidental exposure to vaccine information (i.e., scanned information) may be an important contributor to anti-vaccine sentiment. This study examines the association between scanned information, trust in health information sources and vaccine safety concerns among African American, Mexican American, and non-Hispanic White women. Methods: Women (N = 761) in Los Angeles County were sampled via random digit dial and surveyed regarding use of and trust in health information resources and vaccine safety concerns. Results: Analyses indicate that the sources of information associated with vaccine safety concerns varied by ethnicity. Each ethnic group exhibited different patterns of association between trust in health information resources and vaccine safety concerns. Conclusions: Information scanning is associated with beliefs about vaccine safety, which may lead parents to refuse or delay vaccinating their children. These relationships vary by ethnicity. Practice implications: These findings help inform practitioners and policy makers about communication factors that influence vaccine safety concerns. Knowing these sources of information will equip practitioners to better identify women who may have been exposed to anti-vaccine messages and counter these beliefs with effective, vaccine-promoting messages via the most relevant information sources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-153
Number of pages7
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Volume99
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • Anti-vaccination
  • Ethnicity
  • Health communication
  • Information scanning
  • Information seeking
  • Information sources
  • Vaccine hesitancy
  • Vaccine opposition
  • Vaccine safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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