Objective: To evaluate knowledge of rotavirus vaccine among mothers with association of maternal knowledge with education
Methods: This descriptive study was conducted at Pediatric unit of a Kuwait Teaching Hospital among 102 mothers using validated questionnaire through convenient sampling from December 2017 to December 2018. All mothers visiting the Paediatric outpatient as well as staying with Paediatric inpatient were recruited with their permission, whereas admitted and sick mothers were excluded. Data was analyzed using SPSS Version- 19. Association of maternal education with mother’s knowledge was assessed through Chi square, by setting p values as 0.05.
Results: Out of the total the mean age of the participating mothers was 26.47 + 5.5 years. Only 16% (n=16) mothers were aware about the existance of new vaccine for diarrhea, 82.34% (n=84) had never heard about the vaccine and 2% (n=2) totally ignorant. Knowledge in relation to spread (36.3%), administeration (16.7%), dose of rota virus vaccine (11.8%), age at which first dose is given (34.3%) and type of the disease prevented (37.3%) was poor. Acceptance of rota vaccine was found to be excellent (91.2%). Education (P Value: 0.018) was found significant with knowledge and awareness of rotavirus vaccine while rest of the parameters like dose (0.68), spread (0.75), administeration (0.65), age of vaccination (0.45) and type of disease prevented (0.54) had non significant p values.
Conclusion: Significant poor knowledge gap of Rotavirus vaccine and awareness among the mothers of Peshawar resulted however acceptance was found to be excellent.
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