Vaccination is one of the best
disease prevention strategies and an important part of the
family and public health. Vaccines prevent significant
morbidity and mortality in under five children. Even
though vaccination is a disease prevention strategy, it has
minor side effects. It is essential to be aware of various side
effects because they cause a lot of parental anxiety. The
present study shows that those who vaccinate their baby by
informed choice are aware of the side effects of vaccination.
It shows the positive association. Objective: To findout the
association between awareness of side effects and
motivation for vaccination of pentavalent vaccine. Methods
: The study consists of 96 babies who attend pediatric out
patient department for routine immunization of
pentavalent vaccination between February 2021 and
August 2022 at Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and
Research Centre, Bangalore. The data was collected by
preformed questionnaire. Results: Out of 96 participants ,
58 (60.4%) of the participants were aware of side effects and
38 (39.6%) of the participants were not aware of side effects.
63 (65.6%) of the participants vaccinated their child on
informed Choice and 33 (34.4%) of the participants
mechanically followed Instruction. The present study
shows that 74.6% of the participants who vaccinated their
children on informed choice were aware of side effects.
25.4% of the participants who vaccinated their children on
informed choice were unaware of side effects. 33.3% of the
participants who followed instructions were aware of side
effects. 66.7% of the participants who followed instructions
were unaware of side effects. Parents should be educated
regarding vaccination and side effects of vaccination .
Vaccination, Adverse Effects, Awareness