Join Social Networks and Be Informed About VaccinationThe Various Networks That Can Be Helpful

According to a study that was done about the advantage of social networking when it comes to health matters, there are two types of networking that parents can depend on to learn all that there is to do with vaccination. The first one is where a parent connects with family members, friends and relatives to discuss about the benefits and available places for the best vaccination services. Healthcare providers should be included in a network where health matters such as vaccination are to be discussed, so as to shed light on the vital matter. The second one is where a parent goes for source networks that include reading of books, news, magazines and the Wide World Web. Among the available networks, the study concluded that the most influential network that plays a huge role in the way parent make their decisions is the people networks. These networks are mostly helpful to parents who do not agree or are not compatible with the schedules of vaccination that they are given. Friends and relatives who have been through helpful and successful vaccination are the best to depend on.

The study showed that parents tend to decide faster when they get confirmation from people they network with unlike through reading or hearing from different sources. This study whose author was Emily K. Bruno, M.P.H., Ph.D., of the anthropology department at Texas State University was conducted on United States first-time parents, who had babies aged 18 months and below. They all resided in King County, Washington which is a region that is popular with vaccinations that are below the normal rates. A hundred and ninety six parents were examined by Dr. Bruno and 126 of them followed the directives of the vaccination as required and 70 of them followed just a part of the vaccination procedure, delayed the process of vaccination or did not conform to the procedure of vaccination at all.

The Factors That Prompted Decisions

Parents were taken through a survey to determine their drive for vaccination. They had to complete it in three phases, the first one being to provide the source where they got the information from. They had to indicate the kind of advice they got from the various sources they accessed. The second phase was to capture information about what they consider the procedures of vaccination to be and the final phase was to gather information of the surroundings of the parents participating in the survey.

Results of the Survey

It was realized that there was a significant difference in the parents’ attitude towards vaccinations. The obvious observation was that those who did not conform to the vaccination had negative attitudes while the conformers who constituted half of the group that was used to do the survey agreed to have their children vaccinated before they were taken to kindergartens.