Almost 1 in 5 Parents Are ‘Vaccine Hesitant,’ Study Finds


Sumary of Almost 1 in 5 Parents Are ‘Vaccine Hesitant,’ Study Finds:

  • Vaccine hesitancy has contributed to large outbreaks of preventable diseases in several countries, including the United States, the study authors said..
  • “Reducing vaccine hesitancy and increasing confidence in vaccinations could help improve vaccination coverage and thus protect children from disease,”.
  • She suggested parents talk with their health care provider about the benefits of vaccination for individuals and communities..
  • A lack of trust could have significant consequences if a vaccine for COVID-19 becomes available and a large percentage of parents don’t vaccinate their kids..
  • The researchers defined vaccine hesitancy as the “mental state of holding back in doubt or indecision regarding vaccination.”.
  • They were also asked about concerns regarding the number of vaccines a child gets at one time and whether their child’s doctor is their most trusted source of vaccine information..
  • In 2019, almost 6% of parents said they were very hesitant and nearly 14% were somewhat hesitant about vaccines..
  • Almost 23% of parents in 2018 and 19% in 2019 said they were concerned about the number of vaccines a child gets at one time..
  • More than eight out of 10 parents said their child’s doctor was their most trusted source of information on vaccines..
  • Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, reviewed the study findings..
  • Offit said while it’s good to see a decline in vaccine hesitancy, it’s important to see if this difference is sustained for more than one year…

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