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dc.titleAwareness and acceptance of hepatitis B vaccination in Clementi, Singapore.
dc.contributor.authorFong, N.P.
dc.contributor.authorBasir, H.
dc.contributor.authorSeow, A.
dc.identifier.citationFong, N.P.,Basir, H.,Seow, A. (1990-11). Awareness and acceptance of hepatitis B vaccination in Clementi, Singapore.. Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore 19 (6) : 788-792. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
dc.description.abstractHepatitis B Virus infection, a public health problem in Singapore, can be effectively controlled by vaccination. This paper reports on a study conducted in 1988/89 to ascertain the awareness and uptake rate of Hepatitis B vaccination. A list of children born between November 1986 and May 1987 in the catchmen zone of the Clementi Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Clinic was obtained. Out of a total of 257 children, 226 (87.9%) responded to our study in May 1988 which was part of a larger community health survey carried out by a group of medical students. The vaccination uptake rate was 23%. The awareness of the parents on Hepatitis B virus infection and vaccination was assessed using a standardised questionnaire. About two-thirds were aware of the main modes of Hepatitis B transmission, 46.5% were aware of the long-term consequences of Hepatitis B infection and 6.6% thought that the vaccine was not safe from serious side effects. A follow-up survey of the respondents was carried out in August 1989. The Hepatitis B vaccination uptake had increased to 48.3%. The immunisation status showed a correlation with the ethnic group, father's occupation and awareness score of respondents. The more than two-fold increase in uptake rate can be attributed to a reduction in the cost of Hepatitis B vaccination and a vigorous nation-wide education programme during the preceding year.
dc.description.sourcetitleAnnals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore
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