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Correspondence to: Jessica M. Sales; Email: jmcderm@emory.edu

We thank the superintendents, principals, teachers, staff, parents and students at our participating counties for their participation and support. We are also grateful to Dr. Ketty M. Gonzalez, District Health Director at the East Central Health District, for her support of the study.


Research Funding:

This research was supported by CDC 5 R18 IP000166.

Jessica M. Sales was also supported by grant, number K01 MH085506, from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Julia E. Painter was also supported by NIH 5T32AI074492–02.


  • Adolescents
  • attitudes
  • school-based
  • seasonal influenza
  • vaccination

Rural parents' vaccination-related attitudes and intention to vaccinate middle and high school children against influenza following educational influenza vaccination intervention


Journal Title:

Human Vaccines


Volume 7, Number 11


, Pages 1146-1152

Type of Work:

Article | Post-print: After Peer Review


Objective: This study examined changes in parental influenza vaccination attitudes and intentions after participating in school-based educational influenza vaccination intervention. Methods: Participants were drawn from three counties participating in a school-based influenza vaccination intervention in rural Georgia (baseline N=324; follow-up N=327). Data were collected pre- and post-intervention from phone surveys with parents’ with children attending middle- and high-school. Attitudes, beliefs, vaccination history, and intention to vaccinate were assessed. Results: Parents who participated in the intervention conditions reported significantly higher influenza vaccination rates in their adolescents, relative to a control group, as well as increased vaccination rates post-intervention participation relative to their baseline rates. Intervention participants reported greater intention to have their adolescent vaccinated in the coming year compared to control parents. Significant differences were observed post intervention in perceived barriers and benefits of vaccination. Conclusions: These findings suggest that a school-delivered educational influenza vaccination intervention targeting parents and teens may influence influenza vaccination in rural communities. Future influenza vaccination efforts geared toward the parents of rural middle- and high-school students may benefit from addressing barriers and benefits of influenza vaccination.

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Copyright © 2011 Landes Bioscience

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