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Table 2 Results of three latent classes characterized by patterns of the 14 variables measuring parental attitudes through LCA (N = 175)

From: Parental attitudes towards measles vaccination in the canton of Aargau, Switzerland: a latent class analysis

   Answered “Agree/Totally agree”
Statements Class 1 “positive attitudes” % Class 2 “fearful/uncertain attitudes” % Class 3 “critical attitudes” %
a Measles vaccination may cause complications and I don’t want to put my child at risk. 18 25 94
b I think it is better for my child if a vaccine can be swallowed then injected. 56 62 57
c Vaccination is not compatible with homeopathy. 41 54 55
d Immunisation is an artificial intrusion into the natural immune system and therefore I only want to vaccinate when it is really necessary. 15 25 90
e In general little is known about the long-term effects of vaccines. 63 80 100
f Measles isn’t dangerous and therefore vaccination is not really necessary. 0 32 64
g In Switzerland in general immunisation is not very important as we have a high standard of living . 0 9 59
h In Switzerland we can abstain from measles vaccination because we can treat complications of the vaccination or the measles itself. 0 40 87
i Measles vaccination is unnecessary because complications related to the illness are rare. 5 46 81
j I trust the advice of my paediatrician regarding if and when I should vaccinate. 96 99 71
k I trust the advice of my family/ friends regarding if and when I should vaccinate. 45 64 50
l I trust the advice of the Swiss federal office of public health (BAG) regarding immunisation. 89 81 17
m Measles vaccination is unnecessary and only serves the pharmaceutical industries 1 10 89
n Our government decides on vaccination recommendations independently of the pharmaceutical industries. 51 30 5
  N 101 49 25
Do you think in general immunisation is a reasonable method to prevent illness?
 Yes in general reasonable 65.3 36.7 12
 It depends on the vaccination 34.7 59.2 48
 Not very reasonable 0 0 16
 Only exceptionally reasonable 0 4.1 16
 Don’t know 0 0 8 *
In your opinion, how dangerous are measles for a child?
 Very dangerous 30.6 8.2 8
 Somewhat dangerous 59.2 53.1 28
 Not dangerous 1 4.1 32
 Unsure 9.2 34.7 32 *
Do you think that measles vaccination is sensible for your child/ children?
 Yes 96 77.6 48
 Not important 0 4.1 4
 Only for certain people 1 14.3 12
 Problematic 0 0 20
 Don’t know 3 4.1 16 *
Do you plan to vaccinate your youngest child against measles?
 Already immunised 47.5 34.7 32
 Planned 49.5 51 24
 Don’t want to immunise 0 4.1 28
 Unsure 3 10.2 16 *
Total N 101 49 25
  1. *p = 0.000