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Caregivers’ intentions regarding pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza vaccination for their children

Julie Leask, Maria Yui Kwan Chow, Catherine King and Robert Booy
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (8): 485-486.

To the Editor: Children have been seen as a key priority group for pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza (“swine flu”) vaccination. In Australia and New Zealand, children aged 0–4 years had the highest population rate of intensive care unit admissions for swine flu.1 From 3 December 2009, the Australian Government provided free H1N1-specific influenza vaccine for all Australians aged 6 months and older. However, it was not known how parents and other caregivers would respond to the offer of vaccination. We sought to determine caregivers’ intentions regarding whether their child would receive the pandemic vaccine. The study was approved by the human research ethics committee of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and was conducted in November and December 2009, immediately before, and alongside, the commencement of the pandemic vaccination program for children.

  • Julie Leask1,2
  • Maria Yui Kwan Chow1
  • Catherine King1
  • Robert Booy1,2

  • 1 National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: JulieL3@chw.edu.au

Acknowledgements: 

This study was funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant. Sanofi Pasteur and KU Children’s Services were partner investigators. We thank Laura Rost, Camille Lang, Jennifer Murphy, Leon Heron, and Donna Armstrong for their assistance; and Federica Barzi and Han Wang for advice on statistical analysis.

Competing interests:

Payments received from CSL, Roche, Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline and Wyeth by Robert Booy for speaking at scientific meetings were redirected to a University of Sydney account.

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