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Table 2 Awareness, attitudes and beliefs towards vaccines in the study sample

From: Parents' attitudes and behaviours towards recommended vaccinations in Sicily, Italy

Awareness
Sources of information about recommended vaccinations %
Family Paediatrician 906 74.4
Leaflets/Magazines 160 13.2
Television 103 8.5
Websites 40 3.3
Other 9 0.6
Total 1,218 100.0
Knowledge of the distinction between mandatory and recommended vaccinations
Good knowledge 1,062 87.2
Bad knowledge 156 12.8
Total 1,218 100.0
Possible side effects of vaccines
Very good knowledge 890 73.1
Good knowledge 88 19.7
Bad knowledge 240 7.2
Total 1,218 100.0
Attitudes and beliefs
Opinion about vaccinations
Vaccines are always dangerous 12 1.0
Vaccines are sometimes dangerous 493 40.5
Vaccines are not dangerous 645 53.0
Do not know 68 5.5
Total 1,218 100.0
Vaccination acceptance even if it would be not required
Yes 1,024 84.1
No 142 11.7
Do not know 52 4.2
Total 1,218 100.0
Knowledge of anti-vaccination movements   
Yes 205 16.8
No 1,013 83.2
Total 1,218 100.0
Opinion about anti-vaccination movements
They should be forbidden 39 3.2
They should be promoted 127 10.4
They are alternative information tools 973 79.9
Do not know 79 6.5
Total 1,218 100.0