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Knowledge and Attitude towards Childhood Vaccination of Indigenous Peoples in Cagayan, Philippines

Julius T. Capili, Jinky Marie T. Chua, Lily Ann C. Mallabo; Jhoanna B. Calubaquib

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Int. J. Biosci.21(6), 151-159, December 2022

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/21.6.151-159

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Maternal vaccination knowledge and attitude are essential determinants of child immunization; thus, this study aimed to determine the indigenous mothers’ (IM) knowledge and attitude toward childhood immunization. A descriptive survey design was employed through an interview-guided survey, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions. Results revealed that IMs have a moderate level of knowledge about childhood immunization (64.84%), specifically on vaccine adverse effects, vaccination schedules, and dosages. The IMs’ moderately favorable attitude is attributed to the healthcare workers’ open communication, motivation, and assistance. It was revealed that the level of knowledge and attitude of Yapayao and Malaueg mothers are not statistically associated. Therefore, women’s empowerment and customized education must be initiated in Cagayan’s indigenous communities to enhance compliance with childhood immunization.

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Knowledge and Attitude towards Childhood Vaccination of Indigenous Peoples in Cagayan, Philippines

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