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New scale could measure vaccine hesitancy in developing countries

Key clinical point: Scales like this can help develop strategies to increase vaccine uptake and monitor local attitudes in developing countries.

Major finding: Parents of unvaccinated children were five times more likely to score high on the four-item subscale than parents of partially or fully vaccinated children (adjusted odds ratio, 5.21; 95% confidence interval, 3.60-7.55).

Study details: Cross-sectional survey, which was conducted during 2014 and included 901 households in the Sindh province of Pakistan, to develop and validate a vaccine attitudes scale.

Disclosures: The study was sponsored by Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance. The authors had no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.


Yousafzai MT et al. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2019 Jul;38(7):e143-8.