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Table 1 Background characteristics of public health professionals and parents

From: Negative attitude and low intention to vaccinate universally against varicella among public health professionals and parents in the Netherlands: two internet surveys

  Professionals (RPHS & CHC combined) Parents
  Medical doctors (N = 162) Nurses (N = 279) Total (N = 441) (N = 491)
Background characteristics N % N % N % N %
Sex         
 Male 37 22.8 13 4.7 50 11.3 90 18.3
 Female 125 77.2 266 95.3 391 88.7 401 81.7
Age         
 Younger than 30 years 8 5.0 30 10.9 38 8.7 94 19.1
 30–34 years 16 9.9 32 11.6 48 11.0 189 38.5
 35–39 years 16 9.9 26 9.4 42 9.6 148 30.1
 40 years or older 121 75.2 188 68.1 309 70.7 60 12.2
Organisation         
 Regional Public Health Service (RPHS) 74 45.7 107 38.4 181 41.0 - -
 Child Health Clinic (CHC) 88 54.3 172 61.6 260 59.0 - -
Educationc         
 Low n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. 51 10.4
 Middle n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. 166 33.8
 High n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. 274 55.8
Ethnicity         
 Both parents born in the Netherlands n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. 423 86.3
 At least one parent born in another country n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. 67 13.7
Net monthly household income         
 Low (≤ €1150) n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. 18 4.4
 Middle (€1151–€3050) n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. 191 47.2
 High (≥ €3051) n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. 196 48.4
 No answer n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. 86  
Household size         
 < 4 persons n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. 163 33.2
 4 persons n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. 228 46.4
 > 4 persons n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. 100 20.4
Number of children         
 None 31 19.1 73 26.2 104 23.6 - -
 One child 15 9.3 30 10.8 45 10.2 160 32.6
 Two children 48 29.6 104 37.3 152 34.5 234 47.7
 More than two children 68 42.0 72 25.8 140 31.7 97 19.8
Participation of child(ren) in NIP?         
 Yes, fully immunised 124 96.1 185 90.7 309 92.8 465 94.7
 Yes, partially immunised 4 3.1 19 9.3 23 6.9 13 2.6
 No, not immunised 1 0.8 0 0.0 1 0.3 10 2.0
 Don’t know 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 3 0.6
Change in opinion on vaccination?a         
 No 126 77.8 231 83.1 357 81.1 420 85.5
 Yes, more inclined 14 8.6 16 5.8 30 6.8 9 1.8
 Yes, less inclined 11 6.8 14 5.0 25 5.7 47 9.6
 Don’t know 11 6.8 17 6.1 28 6.4 15 3.1
Influence on opinion on vaccination?         
 Anthroposophical philosophy 1 0.6 7 2.6 8 1.9 8 1.6b
 Homeopathic philosophy 0 0.0 3 1.1 3 0.7 16 3.3b
 Alternative medicine 0 0.0 2 0.7 2 0.5 10 2.0b
 Religion 1 0.6 3 1.1 4 0.9 26 5.3b
 Other 13 8.3 19 6.9 32 7.4 29 5.9b
 None of the above 141 90.4 240 87.6 381 88.6 417 84.9b
  1. RPHS = regional public health service; CHC = child health clinic
  2. aWith respect to the five years preceding the survey
  3. bPercentages add up to more than 100 % because a respondent can be within multiple categories
  4. cLow: no, primary, lower vocational or lower secondary education; middle: secondary vocational or higher secondary education; high: higher professional or university education