Factors That Influence Israeli Muslim Arab Parents' Intention to Vaccinate Their Children Against Influenza

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      • We explored the intention of Muslim Arabs to vaccinate their children against flu.
      • The Health Belief Model was used and it predicted 88% of the intention.
      • Parents' age and number of children were associated with vaccination.
      • Community nurses and physicians were identified as important cues to action.
      • Interventions to raise vaccination rates should begin on parent-nurse encounter.


      The purpose of the current study was to explore factors related to the intention of parents from the Muslim Arab ethnic minority in Israel to vaccinate their children against influenza, using the Health Belief Model (HBM).

      Design and Methods

      This study is a cross sectional quantitative study. A convenience sample of 200 parents of children aged 12 and younger completed a questionnaire based on the HBM.


      Perceived susceptibility, severity, benefits, and barriers predicted 88% of parents' intention to vaccinate their children. Parents who vaccinated their children in the past year were younger and had fewer children. Community nurses and physicians were identified as important cues to action.


      The HBM components predicted a high percentage of parents' intention to vaccinate their children

      Practice Implications

      Interventions to raise vaccination coverage rates among children belonging to an ethnic minority of Israeli Muslim Arabs should begin on the micro level of the parent–health care professional encounter.

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