Table 3

Parents’ knowledge of pertussis and the adult vaccine
Parents1,2 Strongly disagree Disagree Neither agree or disagree Agree Strongly agree
As an adult, I am at risk of contracting pertussis Mother 6 (6%) 7 (7%) 20 (19%) 49 (47%) 22 (21%)
Father 7 (8%) 10 (11%) 15 (16%) 41 (45%) 18 (20%)
Pertussis could cause me to become seriously ill Mother 3 (3%) 9 (9%) 17 (16%) 50 (48%) 25 (24%)
Father 3 (3%) 8 (9%) 14 (15%) 47 (52%) 19 (21%)
Pertussis could cause me to be moderately unwell with a prolonged cough Mother 3 (3%) 3 (3%) 12 (12%) 60 (58%) 26 (25%)
Father 2 (2%) 3 (3%) 18 (20%) 49 (54%) 19 (21%)
I consider the adult pertussis vaccine safe Mother 6 (6%) 1 (1%) 20 (19%) 44 (42%) 33 (32%)
Father 5 (5%) 2 (2%) 21 (23%) 40 (44%) 23 (25%)
The adult pertussis vaccine is effective in preventing pertussis Mother 3 (3%) 4 (4%) 29 (28%) 47 (46%) 20 (19%)
Father 2 (2%) 3 (3%) 27 (30%) 40 (45%) 17 (19%)
As a newborn, my child is, or was, at risk of contracting pertussis Mother 6 (6%) 3 (3%) 9 (9%) 39 (38%) 46 (45%)
Father 6 (7%) 5 (5%) 6 (7%) 35 (38%) 39 (43%)
Infection with pertussis could cause my child to be seriously ill Mother 3 (3%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 30 (29%) 69 (66%)
Father 3 (3%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 30 (33%) 57 (63%)

1 n Mothers = 104.

2 n Fathers = 91.

Donnan et al.

Donnan et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:676   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-676

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