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University of Eastern Africa Baraton, Kenya
Thesis – Master’s Degree in Global Health Care
Immigrant parents’ perceptions about childhood immunization
The purpose of this thesis is to describe immigrant parents’ perceptions about child-hood immunization. The main focus is on immigrants who are parents and make de-cisions regarding their children’s immunizations. The aim of this research is through literature to find out and present what kind of knowledge and perceptions immigrant parents have for childhood vaccinations and immunization in general.
This thesis is a descriptive qualitative literature review, and it is based on the re-search question. Literature search was conducted, and ten (10) researches and re-search articles were chosen for the analysis. The results were analysed with content analysis and according to the analysis four categories were found: 1) fear and (mis)trust, 2) social and environmental influence, 3) insufficient vaccination knowledge and advise and 4) financial and geographical access.
The study may help health care professionals to recognize the attitudes and preju-dices behind childhood immunization and possible vaccination refusal among immi-grant parents. Based on the results of this research, immigrant parents’ perceptions should be taken into consideration better within the health care system. Health care professionals can use the results and the offered information as a support for guidance in their work.