At what sites are parents willing to have their 11 through 14-year-old adolescents immunized?

Vaccine. 2010 Mar 19;28(14):2674-8. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2010.01.006. Epub 2010 Jan 17.


Introduction: Parental preferences of alternative immunization sites for adolescents must be evaluated to determine optimal delivery strategies.

Methods: Analyses were performed on data from middle-school parent questionnaires in low income areas.

Results: 1838 questionnaires were returned; 86.5% of the participants were Hispanic, 65% spoke primarily Spanish at home. Among those with a medical home, 32% had the last immunization at an alternative location. When checking all that apply, 65% of parents selected the medical home as a desirable location for immunization; 41% selected a school-based program.

Conclusions: Despite lack of exposure to school-based immunization programs, school-based programs are a desirable immunization site among middle-school parents.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Female
  • Health Facilities
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parents
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Schools
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Vaccination / methods*