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Table 2 Attitudes regarding immunization that were significantly correlated with mean knowledge scores

From: THE VAXED PROJECT: An Assessment of Immunization Education in Canadian Health Professional Programs

  Response (%) to attitude questions Mean knowledge score (out of 21) p-value
It is not necessary to immunize breastfed infants at 2 months of age
  Strongly disagree/disagree (58.6%) 14.8 < 0.001*
  Neutral/agree/strongly agree (41.4%) 11.9  
It is necessary to restart a series of vaccines if a dose is missed or delayed
  Strongly disagree/disagree (55.9%) 15.0 < 0.001*
  Neutral/agree/strongly agree (44.1%) 11.7  
Vaccines may cause chronic diseases and learning disorders because they contain small amounts of mercury, aluminum, and formaldehyde
  Strongly disagree/disagree (77.9%) 14.4 < 0.001*
  Neutral/agree/strongly agree (22.1%) 11.1  
It is no longer necessary to immunize against polio as it is now a rare disease in Canada
  Strongly disagree/disagree (72.1%) 14.1 0.014*
  Neutral/agree/strongly agree (27.9%) 12.4  
Getting my annual influenza vaccine is important
  Strongly disagree/disagree/neutral (11.6%) 11.2 0.004*
  Agree/strongly agree (88.4%) 14.0  
Getting tetanus/diphtheria toxoid (Td) vaccine (every 10 years) is important
  Strongly disagree/disagree/neutral (11.8%) 11.8 0.037*
  Agree/strongly agree (88.4%) 13.8  
Children should be offered varicella vaccine at 12 months of age
  Strongly disagree/disagree/neutral (34.2%) 11.7 < 0.001*
  Agree/strongly agree (65.8%) 14.7  
It is important to encourage all healthcare workers to be immunized annually with influenza vaccine
  Not important/somewhat unimportant/neutral (8.3%) 10.8 0.006*
  Somewhat important/very important (91.7%) 13.9  
It is important to ensure that your adult patients have received all their required adult vaccines
  Not important/somewhat unimportant/neutral (4.1%) 10.3 0.025*
  Somewhat important/very important (95.9%) 13.8  
Routine immunization should be delayed in individuals with moderate to severe illness, with or without fever
  Strongly disagree/disagree (23.8%) 15.3 0.008†
  Neutral (17.7%) 13.4  
  Agree/strongly agree (58.5%) 13.0  
Parental stress can be reduced by spreading necessary vaccines over several visits
  Strongly disagree/disagree (40.8%) 14.4 0.041†
  Neutral (21.8%) 12.4  
  Agree/strongly agree (37.4%) 13.4  
I am not comfortable recommending vaccines which are not government funded
  Strongly disagree/disagree (40.4%) 14.3 0.012†
  Neutral (38.4%) 12.5  
  Agree/strongly agree (21.2%) 14.4  
I received adequate teaching about vaccines during my training
  Strongly disagree/disagree (57.5%) 12.3 < 0.001†
  Neutral (21.2%) 14.8  
  Agree/strongly agree (21.2%) 16.0  
I am comfortable responding to questions parents/patients have about vaccine side effects
  Strongly disagree/disagree (55.2%) 12.3 < 0.001†
  Neutral (18.6%) 14.6  
  Agree/strongly agree (26.2%) 15.8  
  1. * Two-step t-test
  2. † One-way ANOVA